Fiji Time: 5:26 AM on Thursday 8 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

England call

Emoni Narawa
Tuesday, April 01, 2014

FIJI-born Filimoni Savou is on track to don the England rugby jumper.

The former Fiji under-12 rugby skipper has been named in the England under-17 team that will play France on April 5.

Last week, Savou informed his father and former Fiji sevens coach Josateki Savou that he had made the cut.

Savou has been earmarked by English rugby powerhouse Saracens Rugby Club as one of its future stars. The Saracens Academy scouts always keep a tab on young Savou's progress at Shiplake College in Oxfordshire.

Late last year, Savou was drafted into the South West England U18 rugby team after impressing for his Shiplake College team which also earned him a spot in the Oxfordshire U18 squad.

An elated Josateki Savou said he was pleased with the progress of his son who wanted to become an England rep one day.

"I am delighted about the news," he told Times Sport.

"He (Filimoni) called me last week to inform me about the news. It is good news to the family and we're proud of his progress in England."

Josateki said his son had gone through a tough time, trying to impress his school and also the Saracens Academy.

"He has tried hard for a long time to impress the England age-group selectors. For me personally as a dad, seeing the achievement of my son is indeed a proud moment. And doing it away from his family is not easy but me and my family, we salute him for his hard work and perseverance."

Savou acknowledged everyone that played a role in his son's progress while at Shiplake College. He also thanked the Saracens club for keeping a close watch on his performance.

"I want to thank everyone that helped broaden Fili's rugby career while in England. I want to thank the Saracens rugby club for their interest in him and also his Shiplake College coach Sam Backett for grooming Fili."

Vodafone Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan had shown interest in Savou while coaching the England 7s team in 2012.

He told Times Sport at the 2012 HSBC Sevens World Series tournament at the Gold Coast that his radar was on Savou and fellow Fijian George Wacokecoke, a former England U17 rep.

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.61410.5951
JPY 57.033254.0332
GBP 0.30900.3010
EUR 0.41900.4070
NZD 0.72780.6948
AUD 0.66430.6393
USD 0.47080.4538



Exchange Rate updated on 6th October 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Mum upset
  2. FRCA duo sent home
  3. Fiji thrash Uruguay 47-15
  4. Patel is still in charge at Fiji FA
  5. Applications open for PS posts
  6. China's new glass-bottom walkway cracks
  7. Incident prompts new plea
  8. Minister launches TTF luxury coaches
  9. Ratu Epeli is the Opposition's nominee for President
  10. 'Domestic violence affects productivity'

Top Stories this Week

  1. Rugby outcry Monday (05 Oct)
  2. Fisherman has whale of a day Tuesday (06 Oct)
  3. Tired Wales march on after holding off feisty Fiji Friday (02 Oct)
  4. Man faces further charges of rape, indecent assault Friday (02 Oct)
  5. Family robbed, fear for lives Monday (05 Oct)
  6. Botia up for Wales clash Thursday (01 Oct)
  7. Escapee on the run Thursday (01 Oct)
  8. Court rules on woman's funeral rites Thursday (01 Oct)
  9. The murders and tragedies of Vatuwaqa Tuesday (06 Oct)
  10. Mum upset Wednesday (07 Oct)