Meli’s big 7s plan

For me per­son­ally I know I have to be strict on my diet, no car­bo­hy­drate foods, and I need more time to rest, he adds.

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Fiji Airways Fi­jian 7s for­ward Meli Der­e­nalagi has set out his plans for the new 2019/2020 World Rugby Sev­ens Se­ries, which starts in Dubai from De­cem­ber 5 to 7.

The Nawaka, Nadi, na­tive knows it will be a busy sea­son with the Olympic year where Fiji will de­fend the gold medal in Tokyo, Ja­pan, in July 2020.

He high­lighted two main ar­eas of his preparatio­n, which he be­lieves will boost his per­for­mance in the new sea­son.

“For me per­son­ally, I know I have to strict on my diet, no car­bo­hy­drate foods and also I need more time to rest,” Der­e­nalagi said. “We will need to main­tain con­sis­tency from the 2018/2019 se­ries and lift our preparatio­n to another level if we want to de­fend that gold medal at the Olympics.”

“For my phys­i­cal preparatio­n there are steps to fol­low in order to get to that level and get my body pre­pared for the se­ries.”

The able sea­man from the Repub­lic of Fiji Mil­i­tary Forces Naval Di­vi­sion was named the World Rugby 7s rookie of the year in

the 2018/2019 se­ries. He played 55 matches out of 60 last sea­son and scored 17 tries.

Sev­ens cal­en­dar

World Rugby has con­firmed the sched­ule for the HSBC World Rugby Sev­ens Se­ries 2020 in what will be the big­gest sea­son to date, with Fiji and New Zea­land fight­ing to re­tain the men’s and women’s ti­tles re­spec­tively.

The women’s com­pe­ti­tion will in­crease from six to eight rounds for the first time with six of those be­ing com­bined men’s and women’s events, while the men’s cir­cuit will once again be con­tested across 10 rounds.

Photo: Anasilini Natoga

Fiji Airways Fi­jian 7s stars Meli Der­e­nalagi (left) and Ala­sio Naduva in Suva on Au­gust 9, 2019.

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