‘It is essential future stars get more exposure’

Former Flying Fijian second five eighth Seremaia Bai. Picture: SUPPLIED/WORLD RUGBY

RUGBY Academy Fiji founder and former Flying Fijian, Seremaia Bai says it is essential that the future rugby stars of tomorrow get more exposure.

Bai and his RAF under-18 team recently returned from the World School 7s tournament in Auckland, New Zealand, after placing sixth overall.

“It is important for Fiji to expose rugby youths to more competitions aboard and class play,” Bai said.

“Not to undermine the local competitions, but we believe that competitions such as the World School 7s is a platform for our players and to also test and evaluate our skills and knowledge.

“We not only try and develop these players, but we also need opportunity for our coaches.

“This is a way to compete and gauge ourselves with our coaching and our programs.”

Despite losing out in the plate final Bai said his players returned with a lot of experience.

“We played against some top teams from around the world and our players did well. The level of competition was high and the skills and game knowledge from the players were amazing.

“Moving forward we have given them much needed exposure at this age, but they have to make sure they have to keep working hard.

“There’s also an opportunity for them to compete for the Fiji under-20 squad next year.”

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