13 June, 2018, 11:03 am
WORLD Rugby Sevens Series 2018 Rookie of The Year Eroni Sau has created his own legacy in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.
The Marou, Naviti, Yasawa, native earned the nickname ‘The Sledgehammer’ because of his sterling performance in the series.
The France Top 14 rugby new signing also impressed his coach Gareth Baber despite not involved with the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team off-season training.
Baber said Sau had transformed into a complete rugby player.
“Eroni has done well,” Baber said. “He did not have the same block of training as the rest of the boys with his involvement with the Drua in our off-season.
“He is physical and elusive and when he gets it right in defence, is a real threat.
“He is learning all the time, especially when it comes to the mental aspects of retaining focus and attention and something I will continue to do with him.
“It is a shame that he will leave us after the Sevens World Cup for a shot at playing in France and I wish him luck.”
The 28-year-old player made his 7s debut during the 2017/2018 Dubai 7s and played in all the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournaments – scoring 37 tries that helped Fiji to win a record a five tournaments in a season – including the four consecutive 7s tournament wins.
In his first 7s season, he achieved another milestone after joining his teammates Jerry Tuwai, Amenoni Nasilasila and Kalione Nasoko in the Dream Team.
Sau who also represented the Fiji Residents rugby league team is expected to be at his best during the Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Fransisco on July 20-22.