Satala: Men’s 7s side has quality to end World Cup drought

Josua Tuisova (right) with other members of the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team before a training session in Nadi on Tuesday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

RUGBY 7s World Cup winner Viliame Satala said the Fiji Airways national 7s team should not under estimate their opponents at the upcoming Rugby Sevens World Cup.

He said all teams would field their cream players for this year’s event and all would be out to win the Melrose Cup.

Dubbed as ‘The Stretcher’ during his heydays because of his ability to flatten oppositions with huge hits, the former Flying Fijians centre said the world cup was a different ball game.

“A good example of world cup rivalries is the soccer world cup where all top teams such as Brazil, Germany, Spain and Argentina failed to reach the semi-finals,” said Satala.

“This rugby 7s tournament comes after every four years and all teams will field their players not only to play but to win.

“We have a very good side but then again we cannot underestimate our opponents.”

He said the side has the quality to end Fiji’s 18 years world cup drought.

Satala featured alongside Waisale Serevi, Marika Vunibaka, Sireli Bobo, Filimoni Delasau, Semisi Naevo, Apolosi Satala, Ifereimi Rawaqa, William Ryder, Jone Daunivucu, Nasoni Roko and Neumi Nanuku to win the 2005 rugby world cup.

This year’s world cup will be held in San Francisco on July 20-22.

More Stories