THE benchmark set by the Fijian rugby players in France has inspired France Top 14 rugby side Bordeaux Begles club official Serge Fourquet to set foot in the country.
The 44-year-old also met with Bordeaux Begles wonder boy and France rugby top try scorer Metuisela Talebula during the Fiji — Tonga game in Lautoka over the weekend.
He said the Fijian players in France had great sense of humour.
Fourquet's club had recruited Fijian players such as Talebula, former national 7s player Avenisi Vasuinubu and former Flying Fijians forward Sisa Koyamaibole.
"My French team has Fijian players who are so fun to work with, so I've always told myself that I need to find out where they come from," he said.
"Because of their great personality and their flair in rugby, I also wanted to discover Fijian rugby and give back to Fiji rugby through my experience.
"I love all the friendly Fijian people and of course seeing rugby being played everywhere in Fiji is awesome. This is the most beautiful place I've ever visited.
Fourquet who is a Projects Abroad Fiji sports volunteer affiliated under International Volunteering organization Projects Abroad a UK based-company, also gave rugby gear to the Ratu Navula rugby teams.
He also imparted rugby knowledge towards the players and is based at the school coaching and training the school rugby team.
"I have a lot of responsibilities as I am with the players and teams throughout their training session warm-ups before matches and assist with the feedbacks as a technical adviser and Projects Abroad trusts me to do my part well," said Fourquet.
"My first day at Ratu Navula College, I had goose bumps because whatever I had imagined in France had become a reality.
"This experience has helped me to propose new techniques I've never been able to use in France.
"It has also given me more confidence which will help me to work in foreign countries more easily."
He said being involved with Project Abroad Fiji gave him the opportunity to discover more about Fiji.
"I was able to do a lot of things like meeting my host family, the staff and planting gardens at the project day at Dratabu Village in Nadi which I really enjoyed," he added.