Serevi’s 7s wish

Members of the Fiji Airways Fiji sevens players after their training at the So Kon Po Stadium. Picture JONACANI LALAKOBAU

FORMER Fiji 7s skipper Waisale Serevi wants to celebrate his 30 years of participating in the Hong Kong 7s by seeing his Russia team qualify for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and for Fiji to create history by winning its fifth consecutive title on Sunday.

Serevi said it was an honour to be back in Hong Kong where it all started for him 30 years ago. ”

First of all I want to thank God for giving me the strength and power to continue to do what I love and that is rugby,” Serevi said during an interview at the Kerry Hotel in Hong Kong.

“I remember when I made my first appearance here in HK in 1989. I was very nervous.

“All I wanted was to catch the ball. I was not thinking about tackling anybody or doing anything else. I just wanted the ball in my hand, so that I can feel and settle my nerves.

“When I got the ball, I managed to run away to score my first try in Hong Kong.

I scored four tries in that game.”

Serevi said while there were some new players in the Fiji 7s team, he believed they could settle in very quickly in HK.

“I always tell new players to HK that it’s just another game of rugby and that they need to play like they are back home in Fiji and on top of that just be confident.”

Don’t ever be double- minded if you want sidestep, step and go, but if you want to pass, get your pass away.

“I always say Fijian players play a lot more sevens rugby than most players playing in the series because we play sevens from October to April.

“So when Fijian players come to the Hong Kong 7s, they are fitter and stronger, but it’s how they adapt to how their teammates play, the crowd and the atmosphere at the stadium which will count a lot,” Serevi said.

The qualifiers competition also starts today.

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