Rugby World Cup 7s: Sau ready to strike

Wife Luisa (left), 1 year old Grace with dad Fiji Airways 7's sledge hammer Eroni Sau and 4 year old Esther at their home yesterday prior to leaving for HSBC World 7's at San Fransisco,USA today. Picture: RAMA

ROOKIE Eroni Sau is ready to strike the sledgehammer at the 2018 Rugby World Cup 7s for the last time before he makes his move to Perpignan 15s rugby club in France.

The Marou native of Naviti, Yasawa, had shown his devastating form in the 2017/2018 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series where he won five tournaments in New Zealand, Vancouver, Hong Kong, Singapore, London.

He was also part of the Gareth Baber-coached side which settled for a silver medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

With his brilliant performance on the field, the 30-year-old was awarded the rookie of the year award and he was also selected in the HSBC series dream team.

He said his two daughters Ester and Grace Sau had always been his strength on the field. “My family have always been my source of inspiration in my rugby career.

It is a blessing to be a parents and to see the children happy for what you have achieved for them. ”

It has always been special for me to wear that white jersey and it makes me work hard and try to build a better future for my children,” he said.

“My humble beginning started from my village where I was brought up and we were thankful of what the parents had. “Before any tournament, I call my father and he always reminds me of the good job I am doing for the country and keeping the names high and making him the happiest father. I think I have started to payback for all his struggles.”

He said he wanted to win the World Cup after the team finished second best in the Commonwealth Games and the series earlier this year.

“We have been told that it is now or never and the only mission for us is to go and win the gold for the country. Nothing is impossible and we have some other professional players coming into the team with Semi Radradra, Josua Tuisova, Leone Nakarawa and Semi Kunatani. It boosts our morale playing alongside with them,” he said.

“I have been allowed to play in the World Cup and after which I will go to play for Perpignan Club in France as I want to focus on the last task to play for Fiji. I know if I would not have played for Fiji then I would never get that contract.

“We want the fans to support us since we are not only playing for our families, but for all the people of Fiji.”

Fiji last won the RWC 7s in 2005 when the side defeated New Zealand 29-19 in the final.

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