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7s farewell

Emoni Narawa
Friday, April 18, 2014

VODAFONE Fiji 7s speedster Samisoni Viriviri wants to leave the sevens arena on a flying note as he sets his sights on a Flying Fijian jersey.

Just as he is playing to the name tag "Flying Fijian", Viriviri is now the season's top try scorer with 40 tries under his belt with two tournaments remaining — the HSBC Sevens World Series tournaments in Scotland and London next month .

Just like other Fijian rugby stars such as Marika Vunibaka, Vilimone Delasau, Seru Rabeni and Viliame Satala, who started their rugby careers in the abbreviated code, Viriviri says he'll grab the opportunity with both hands when he joins French Top 14 club Montpellier.

"I'm looking forward to joining my club in France and learn as much as I can," he said.

"But first I must focus on these final two tournaments in Scotland and London. I want to give my best shot and end the series on a high note."

Viriviri accredited his teammates for helping him become the season's top try scorer.

"I really did not expect to be the top try scorer at the start of the season but it's teamwork and I thank the boys for that.

"I believe Ben (Ryan) also encouraged me a lot and he has told me to go for the top try award and that is going to push me to the next level in London and Scotland."

Viriviri said wearing the Flying Fijians jersey at the 2015 Rugby World Cup would be a dream come true.

"I'll see what happens when I join my club in France.

"It's going to take time to adapt to playing the full code and all I want to do is to learn as much knowledge as possible to help improve my game and probably I'll try to make it to the next Rugby World Cup."

Viriviri will join his French club in June.

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