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Emoni Narawa
Monday, July 28, 2014

HE is the best sevens player on the planet.

And while moving to greener pastures in France for exposure, Samisoni Viriviri still believes that sacrifice is still the key to achieving the same fate that made him the world's best player in the abbreviated code on the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Viriviri joined his French Top 14 club Montpellier where he has teamed up with fellow countrymen Timoci Nagusa and Vodafone Flying Fijians captain Akapusi Qera.

The Dratabu lad from Nadi said he wanted to broaden his knowledge of rugby in France and hopes to secure a spot in the Flying Fijians team for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

"I believe sacrifice is the key to everything," he told Times Sport.

"I have just arrived here, everything is okay and I am learning a lot from the experienced and superstars in this club."

Proud mum Vikali Rabale said it was a hard moment for her to let her son leave the family.

She said saying goodbye to her son three weeks ago was one of the hardest feelings to absorb.

"I usually farewell him for the IRB sevens tournaments but to say goodbye and seeing him go to France was very hard for me," she said.

"It's really hard to see him go but I believe it's best for him and the family.

"I'm so proud of the achievements from Sami, he is a hardworking boy and I believe he will cope with the club in France."

She attributed her son's success to the Almighty.

"I thank God for this blessing. Sami is a keen learner and always strives to achieve greater things so I wish him all the best.

"I believe he will return a different player than he was before."

Viriviri was one of the key players in Ben Ryan's Vodafone Fiji 7s side last season. He finished the season as the top try scorer, proving to be one of the deadliest finishers of sevens rugby.

Viriviri hopes to translate his sevens form into the full code with Montpellier.

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