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Serevi, SBW set goals

Manoj Kumar
Saturday, March 30, 2013

TWO of rugby's big names, a local legend and a foreign star, have their hearts set on the biggest prize in sevens.

Waisale Serevi, the first Fijian to be inducted into the International Rugby Board's Hall of Fame, was over the moon with Fiji's victory in Hong Kong last weekend.

He said the timing was great in the lead-up to the bigger and better Rugby Sevens World Cup in June in Moscow. Serevi added that the ultimate dream of any sevens player was to win the Olympic medal in Rio in 2016 and is hopeful that the Fijians will triumph in Brazil.

"To win the Hong Kong Sevens it's like winning the World Cup — it's the pinnacle of the IRB Sevens Series," Serevi said as the Fiji team moved to Japan after bagging the Hong Kong Sevens with a 26-19 victory over Wales in the cup final.

"To win this, despite Fiji not playing well in the last couple of tournaments, is a bonus, especially before the World Cup."

In another news that will send shivers down the spine of many opposition, the Kiwis are bubbling with excitement at the prospect of New Zealand sporting superstar Sonny Bill Williams featuring for Gordon Tietjens men at the Olympic Sevens in 2016.

SBW, a heavyweight boxing champion and rugby union world cup winner with the All Blacks last year, plans to bag three major rugby titles in three different versions over the next three years.

Now playing for the Sydney Roosters in the National Rugby League competition, SBW is hopeful of making the New Zealand Rugby League team to the Rugby League World Cup later this year.

He is keen on winning that and then switching to rugby union again to try for yet another World Cup triumph with the All Blacks in 2015 before trying to convince Tietjens and playing sevens the following year to go to Rio.

"When I am finished, I just want to say I have tried lots of things, and I've done as well as I can," SBW told the Sydney Morning Herald.





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