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Living his rugby dream

Paulini Ratulailai
Thursday, February 08, 2018

FIJI Airways Fiji 7s team winger Eroni Sau is living the dream that he once had as a young boy, and that was to play for Fiji.

And 28 years later Sau is making headlines. He was named in the Hamilton 7s tournament dream team.

The Naviti, Yasawa lad said his dream was to one day wear the white jersey and that day had come for him to prove what God has gifted him.

"I've been waiting so long to wear the white jersey and I know my time has finally arrive for me to showcase what I am good at," Sau said.

"For me playing in my third and fourth HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament has been a good experience for me.

"Winning my first 7s tournament is an icing on the cake in my rugby career but what happened behind the scenes before every game is something that we will cherish for ever.

"When we lost in Sydney we knew everyone was going to point fingers at us and for us Fijians we don't want to lose any game because we know we're good and talented players but having the old players encouraging us, telling us that is normal to be criticised we slowly took it in.

"When you're going to represent your country always know that you will be criticised by everyone, we were told to forget what had happened in Australia regroup and start over again."

Sau said the players came together and talked about their mistakes and weakness and how they could improve on those areas before they ran out for their first Hamilton 7s game.

"We all agreed that we didn't want to return to Fiji with nothing and we wanted to win so we were told to work extra hard.

"Through our teamwork and listening to what coach said made a huge impact in our performance resulting in our win."

The 28-year-old dubbed as the "Sledgehammer" said seeing the old boys play motivated him to work hard and especially their families back home.

"Our families encouraged and supported us even though there were people who turned their backs on us; we never gave up hope and kept working hard."

The Police officer hopes to make it to the final squad for the Commonwealth Games if given a chance.

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