Thursday March 10, 2005
Veteran Serevi to lead Fiji’s charge
SUVA:. Rugby Sevens legend Waisale Serevi will lead a reinforced Fiji in their bid to reclaim the World Cup in Hong Kong next week
Serevi, 36, will be playing in his fourth consecutive World Cup since the inaugural tournament in Scotland in 1993 and will be aiming to add to his record of 252 World Cup points, 156 more than his nearest rival.
Fijian coach Wayne Pivac has bolstered his side with the addition of overseas-based players, including Serevi and Sireli Bobo, who plays in Italy.
Pivac says Fiji, who won the 1997 World Cup, deserve to be one of the favourites for the World Cup, despite not winning any of the four International Rugby Board Sevens tournaments played since December.
“We will be one of the top dogs because Fiji is currently sitting second on the IRB points table,” Pivac said.
“But that was with players who have not been chosen this time around. I think we have strengthened our side and it would be silly not to say that we are one of the strongest teams.”
Fiji’s squad also include Ifereimi Rawaqa, Semisi Naevo, Apolosi Satala, Vili Satala, Nuemi Nanuku, Nasoni Roko, Filimoni Delasau, Marika Vunibaka, Jone Daunivucu, and William Ryder.
The three non-travelling reserves are Kameli Ratuvou, Iliesa Nadau and Lemeki Duidomo. – AFP