June 22, 2018
Fijian Sledgehammer Eroni Sau has set his sights on the 2018 7s Rugby World in San Francisco next month and wants to end the season on a high note.
The 28-year-old police officer who made his debut late last year for Fiji on the HSBC World Sevens Series in Dubai and has since then not missed a single tournament and has also featured at the Commonwealth Games for Fiji wants to win gold medal and the Melrose Cup.
After recently winning the HSBC World Rugby 7s Rookie of the Year award, he believes he can help Fiji to more success at the World Cup but wants to remain humble and give his best in the preparations.
In his first season with Fiji on the World Sevens Series, he played a total of 46 games and scored of 165 points which came from 33 tries.
“Surely competition will be tough for places in the team but I am confident about my chances and will give my best. Only the best will be selected for the World Cup and it is my personal aim and goal to make the final cut and represent my country before I move to play 15s in France.”
“Winning the Rookie of the Year award, and five tournaments is a big achievement for me and the team and I thank all my teammates for the support and hard work. I also want to thank Coach Gareth Baber for having faith in my abilities and giving me the chance to represent my country,” said the former Suva and Fijian Drua winger who also had a solid appearance in the Australian National Rugby Championship (NRC).
“I also want to thank my wife and my two kids for all the love and encouragement. I play for them every time I run on the field and we will be starting a new life in France soon but before that I want to give back to 7s because through my 7s games I managed to make a difference and get identified on the international scene.”
“Helping Fiji win the World Cup will be a big bonus for me and like all other my teammates, I will also work hard in training to keep my selection chances high,” he added.
Sau will join French Top 14 club Perpignan on a two-year contract after the World Cup.
The Fiji Airways Men’s team commences preparations for World Cup in full swing from next week with Flying Fijians’ Leone Nakarawa and Josua Tuisova also joining in.
By Reginald Chandar