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Viri-viri fast to Rio

Rashneel Kumar
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

THE move to Europe may not spoil Samisoni Viriviri's Olympic Games dream debut in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The speedster has signed with French club Montpellier and will switch to the Top 14 side in June this year.

Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan said while Viriviri was a huge loss for the national side, he could be still part of his Rio plan.

"Samisoni is a terrific player. I think he really, really blossom this year. I hope he carries on scoring tries for us and leaves Fiji 7s this year having had a huge amount of success," Ryan said.

"I'm delighted he is staying on for the rest of the year and it doesn't mean he can't be part of the plan to Rio. He has been great."

Viriviri told AFP he previously rejected offers from French clubs.

The Dratabu, Nadi speedster said: "I have signed with Montpellier a few days ago and I will join my new club in France in June after the world sevens series.

"I was previously approached by French clubs but declined as I wanted to play sevens a bit longer, but I'm ready for a contract now."

The 24-year-old has been a key player in the Fiji 7s side since making his debut in the HSBC Sevens World Series at the Gold Coast 7s in 2012.

He started playing rugby at club level for Dratabu in the Nadi Rugby Union club games and later played for Lomaiviti and Suva in 2010 before joining the champion Nadroga side.

Viriviri also represented the country in the 2013 Rugby World Cup 7s in Moscow, Russia.

He leads the 2013/14 season player tries on 17 alongside fellow teammate Benito Masilevu.

Viriviri who plays at fullback for the Stallions said he would play on the wing at Montpellier.

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