‘Chance to Be Re­mem­bered’


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Stade Français winger Waisea Nayacalevu feels a backto-back se­ries win is their chance to be re­mem­bered by the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions. Speak­ing to SUNs­ports from Paris yes­ter­day, Nayacalevu be­lieves this fi­nal World Rugby Sev­ens World Se­ries leg in Paris and Lon­don is spe­cial to him and the team. “I’m happy to be part of this team and I thank the team man­age­ment for hav­ing faith in me,” he said. “There is some­thing spe­cial about this team and that is if we win the se­ries this will be the first Fi­jian team to win back-to-back se­ries ti­tle.” The Deuba, Serua, na­tive strongly be­lieves mak­ing his­tory is their main fo­cus for this week­end and next week in Lon­don.

“There are a lot of play­ers out there who can be part of the team and there have been pre­vi­ous teams, but cre­at­ing his­tory for the coun­try is al­ways dif­fi­cult. “For this team, we want to cre­ate his­tory; we want to do some­thing that fu­ture gen­er­a­tions will re­mem­ber us for. “We want to write our names on stone and not on sand; some­thing pos­i­tive for the coun­try,” he said.

We cur­rently lead the se­ries stand­ings with 147 points. South Africa is in sec­ond place with 139 points and New Zealand in third place with 135 points. Nayacalevu be­lieves the 12 play­ers who will take on the field would be the 12 cho­sen sev­ens dis­ci­ples for Fiji. “We are lucky to have Ben Ryan around as head coach as we try to de­fend our se­ries ti­tle. The play­ers have worked hard and have sacri­ficed a lot.”

The 25-year-old re­it­er­ated the words of for­mer United States pres­i­dent the late John Kennedy: “Ask not what your coun­try can do for you; ask what you can do for your coun­try.”

Nayacalevu im­press with team bond­ing

“When a player is cho­sen to rep­re­sent the coun­try that means he’s got some­thing spe­cial and he’s one of the best out of the thou­sand play­ers in Fiji who can play rugby 7s. “We are so priv­iledge to be part of this team, play­ers are blend­ing in well, we have a friendly at­mos­phere in camp and team bond­ing is strong. It feels like we have been to­gether all this time,” he added. Mean­while, the team has set­tled well in Paris. The side plays Scot­land at 5.44am on Satur­day, be­fore meet­ing Wales at 9.14pm and the fi­nal pool match is against Samoa at 12.47am on Sun­day. Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Voda­fone Fi­jian 7s team on their way to Paris (from left); Waisea Nayacalevu, Jasa Vere­malua, Amenoni Nasi­lasila, Vatemo Ravou­vou, Ki­tione Taliga, Ma­sivesi Dakuwaqa and Pio Tuwai.

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