September 28, 2021
Fiji-born Olympian Samu Kerevi has praised the growth of Wallabies teammate Len Ikitau.
The 28-year-old centre who has brought in drastic changes to the team ever since he returned does not see himself as an influencer.
“I’m definitely not the world’s best centre at the moment. I think there are definitely better players out there than me at the moment,” Kerevi told rugby.com.au.
“For the last couple of years, I’ve been watching Semi (Radradra), Semi’s been playing some outstanding rugby. South Africa have their centre pairing who are playing well from the last World Cup but I think the best is a centre who has the whole package for me (which) is David Havili.”
“I think the performance he has put in with the Crusaders, watching those games and earning that 12 jersey with the AB’s, it’s a hard task because they have some excellent players...As a package of a player, he’s been playing really well in the space.”
Kerevi believes that his partnering centre Ikitau can join them as he continues to flourish in Wallabies colours.
Ikitau's confidence and growth is something that has impressed Kerevi, who is excited to see how he develops in the future.
“With Lenny, the sky is the limit,” he said.
“From the first time I’ve played with him until now, he’s gotten so much more confidence outside me. I never wanted to be a big dog coming into the group as a centre because I’ve played a little bit more Tests than him but he’s earned that space and really comfortable with me being inside him a centre pairing.”
“I want him to earn that space and be comfortable to speak to me openly on and off the field, I’m trying to spend more time off the field with the boys which has been awesome. I’m tried to get Lenny off the Play station and (NBA)2K so I can connect with him more so on the field, it’s a more polished performance that we can have together.”
“As much of the line breaks that I have, I want him to have equal touches and that’s the space I’m trying to grow.”
“He could be the world’s best 13 if he wanted to be, he’s got outstanding defense and in his attacking game, he has awesome feet on him and he reads the game well. Just more opportunities in the jersey will grow his confidence. He’s signed for another two years with the club and country so I’m excited to see where he goes.”
By Romeka Romena