I was intrigued to read Lavenia's posting on the Sevens maestro, Waisale Tikoisolomone Serevi. Serevi is the most accomplished Sevens player that ever walked this earth.
While Serevi's connection to our country may be a little thin, there are two interesting ties to Solomon Islands. Firstly his middle name "Tikoisolomone" translates as a reference to a namesake at one time in history who was in Solomon Islands (probably during the war - stand to be corrected). Secondly, the maestro bloomed as a Sevens exponent during his playing days under late Ratu Kione Vesikula's coaching both at Nabua and at the national level. Late Ratu Vesikula was a fearsome sight as a 15's Centre with Honiara Technical Institute under the Capataincy of George George, ironically a former Cook Islands Seven's coach himself. During the Marist/St John's Sevens in 1984, the Sunbeam players were surprised when late Ratu Vesikula conversed with them fluently in pidgin english at Bachust Park.
I hope Waisale Tikoisolomone Serevi will one day contribute to the development of Seven's rugby in Fiji,
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