Rugby World Cup Sevens

A relaxed approach to life

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 March, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 25 March, 2010, 12:00am

Rugby Sevens legend Waisale Serevi is a more relaxed person now that he doesn't have to fight for his country on the pitch anymore.

The Fijian, who is in town for this week's Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse Hong Kong Rugby Sevens, will be a guest player at the GFI Hong Kong Football Club Tens.

Serevi said this is his 'most relaxed visit to Hong Kong' because he won't be representing his island nation at the annual extravaganza. 'This is relaxing for me to come in as a supporter rather than a player. Fiji were the champions of the Hong Kong Sevens last year and I hope they can defend the title despite losing their best player Jerry Burotu.'

Serevi said the tournament, which kicks off tomorrow, will be interesting. 'I find it very hard to predict which teams will be in the finals,' he said. 'It is a wide open tournament ... every team has a chance to win it. Australia and Fiji used to dominate the Sevens but the rest of the world is catching up. They no longer put up easy 40, 50 points to nil wins like they used to.'

Serevi, 41, is no stranger to local fans - he won Rugby World Cup Sevens trophies in Hong Kong in 1997 and 2005.

His success was built on hard work. 'During my playing days, I practised three times a day. I will go running in the morning, [do] weigh-lifting at midday and practise rugby drills in the afternoon. I did this four days a week from Monday to Thursday,' Serevi said. 'I was very serious about it. I practised on Christmas day and New Year's day when others were at parties. And, of course, I thanked God for giving me the talent.'