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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Sevens legend Waisale Serevi answers your questions

Sevens legend Waisale Serevi answers your questions

A few weeks back you were given the chance to submit questions for legend of the game Waisale Serevi via the RD Facebook Page . Three questions were picked and posed to the great man, so today you can hear his responses.

Serevi, arguably one of the greatest Sevens players of all time, now lives in the US, after leaving Fiji post retirement. He and his family have started a new life, and along with his company, Serevi , are looking to make a difference in rugby not only over there, but back in the pacific islands too.

His Island Kings project features a range of T-Shirts for Fiji, Tonga, and Samoa, with partial proceeds from sales going towards the teams and players, helping them out when competing in international tournaments. He is also involved in setting up rugby camps, with a team of coaches helping youth players.

The Serevi Rugby Academy is another thing he's involved in, which sees him link up with legendary New Zealand Sevens coach Gordon Tietjens. In the following video, the great man answered three questions, as submitted by RD Facebook fans. They not only got their questions answered, but will receive signed Island Kings T-Shirts.

One of the questions in particular can be applied to any one of you, so if it were up to you, who would you love to see playing Sevens?

You can find out more on the Island Kings project and everything else Waisale is up to by checking out the Serevi Website

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10stonenumber10 August 11, 2011 10:14 am

I'd love to see an all star 7 legends team cpached/played by Waisale himself. Kind of like the Classic All Blacks, but with a lot more flair!

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Anonymous August 11, 2011 10:28 am

I reckon the player that i would most like to watch play sevens would also be jason robinson. Would also be good to see maybe Sonny Bill-williams play it.

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Von August 11, 2011 11:12 am

Agree. And Shane Williams too.

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Anonymous August 11, 2011 11:20 am

Manu Tuilagi..the man's beast..he's relatively quick and apparently is very fit..

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Anonymous August 11, 2011 12:51 pm

I'd love to see Morne Steyn play 7s.

I think the up and under is under utilized in that form of the game.

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Wolfman21 August 11, 2011 1:07 pm

My dream team of players who have mostly played 15's to watch playing sevens would be (with a number of personal favorites):

Cullen
Castaignede
Lomu
Robinson
Bob Skinstad
George Smith
Schalk Britz

Carlos Spencer
Zinzan Brooks
Campese
Larkham
Andre Venter
Joost van der Westhuizen would all also be a lot of fun to watch.

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Savage August 11, 2011 2:17 pm

Serevi, ryder, sbw, robinson, shane williams, Carter & Digby ioane.

On the bench Alessandro and manu tuilangi & george north

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JC August 11, 2011 2:49 pm

Check this out...
http://youtu.be/44ZXP7F6dzk

Wigan vs Wasps at the MIddlesex 7s...

Wigan Team includes Jason Robinson (!!!), Henry Paul, Inga Tuigamala, Martin Offiah, Shaun Edwards and Scott Quinnell...

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Anonymous August 11, 2011 4:21 pm

jason robinson & shane williams have great explosive bursts of speed. Which yes are great for line breaks in the tight or when receiving the ball to finish from around the 22m area. But these guys would be no way as near as affective as some people seem to think in the seven a side game. where players make breaks from there own 22m. Robinson and Williams would be run down in a matter of meters in the 7's game by larger more powerful runners.

example Tommy Bowe who is said to lack gas leaving a flaying Williams for dead back in 2009.

http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=32316390&postID=3259835248836853269

for me. I would have love to have seen Ireland's Dennis Hickie, England's underwood brothers, Wales Nigel Walker, Scotland's hmmmm David Sole?

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Von August 11, 2011 4:24 pm

Nice one JC.

I've read about this game before but never seen it.

Martin Offiah had some acceleration didn't he? A classic Jason Robinson try in there too.

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Von August 11, 2011 4:28 pm

Anonymous said...
Robinson and Williams would be run down in a matter of meters in the 7's game by larger more powerful runners.


Incorrect.

I think Robinson in particular has disproven this dozens of times.

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Anonymous August 11, 2011 4:31 pm

@Von

not from great distance he hasn't.. maybe from fairly close in. which I covered above.

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Chris August 11, 2011 4:54 pm

Williams isn't even that fast anymore. I guarantee half the international sevens players for the top 10 countries are all faster than Williams.

I don't think people understand the requirements for international Sevens in 2011.

The Yank coach said everyone of his players runs the 40 meter in under 4.8 seconds. Williams would struggle to clock that at his age.

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H August 11, 2011 6:36 pm

Bakkies Botha. That's who I'd love to see play sevens.

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Anonymous August 11, 2011 7:17 pm

Williams is still the fastest player in the squad and North runs 40 in 4.5 (unofficially) so i think hes still got some gas left in the tank

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Savage August 11, 2011 7:46 pm

Jason robisnon wouldnt be an amazing sevens player? really?

http://youtube.com/watch?v=HnO72nrOpD0&feature=related

somehow I think he'd have the legs.

anyway - awesome footage of that match, is there an angrier man than shaun edwards?

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Anonymous August 11, 2011 7:57 pm

Visser showing how to deal with tommy boo!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWK5-tysb3I

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Anonymous August 11, 2011 8:35 pm

Sevens is shit anyway, if it can make players like tal selley and tom varndell look good theres something seriously wrong.

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Anonymous August 12, 2011 5:45 am

Quade Cooper, Will Genia and Digby Ioane all came thru the sevens system. It's very good for developing skills, passing kicking, stepping, footwork, etc.

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Anonymous August 12, 2011 7:43 am

Cecil Afrika. Enough Said.

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Anonymous August 12, 2011 7:43 am

Martin Castrogiovanni

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RugbyWrapUp.com August 12, 2011 2:09 pm

He was easily in the top three 7s players all time and one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. He's actually shy. Great get by RugbyDump.com! We're jealous.

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EARugbyFan August 12, 2011 9:58 pm

And there you have it. Spoken by the king himself in case you missed it the first time.

A "quick" player can be twice as devastating as a fast runner.
Jason Robinson had tons of burst and change of Directional pace that made him electric.

I had the pleasure of meeting Serevi last year. A shy quiet very accommodating and friendly guy.

I love the direct reference to R-Dump viewers. Great Scoop RD!!

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Anonymous August 14, 2011 2:28 am

Jonah Lomu...... the best

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Anonymous August 14, 2011 6:38 am

My list of xv to be in seven's dream team:
1.pier spieas(prop)
2. bruissow (hooker)
3.chabal(prop)
4.will genia(half back)
5.Quad copper(1st 5)
6.manu tuilagi(rover)
7.jason robinson(wing)

vs 7's dream team:
1.seremaia burotu
2.D.J Fobes
3.Alafoti fao'silva
4.uale mai
5.lolo lui
6.
7.mikaele pesamino

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Anonymous August 14, 2011 6:40 am

6.rupeni lavasa

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