Bad news for rugby fans.
Rugby 7s maestro Waisale Serevi will not be able to assist the Fiji 7s team in the Melrose Cup challenge in Moscow later this month due to longstanding work commitments and his U.S. permanent resident visa application process.
He said: “I am humbled to have been asked to be part of the Fiji delegation and send my thanks to the Fiji Rugby Football Union. While I would love to be in Moscow to see Fiji compete for the World Cup, I know from having seen them in Hong Kong switched on that they have all it takes to win the World Cup,” he said.
Serevi added: (My message to the players is to) “make sure that you train hard, focus on the goals to win the world cup, which I believe you can do for all Fijians back home and abroad, play like it’s the last game of your life and give it your all”.
He further said: “You can be sure that I will catch as much of the action as my schedule will allow and that my thoughts and prayers will be with the boys, and we wish you all the very best. Believe me, the World Cup is the best event in sports and not one that I would miss without very good reason.”
Serevi said that he wasn’t aware that his work would be so demanding as his business is expanding and his visa process would also take a lot of time to process.
The Fiji Rugby Union is aware of Serevi’s decision.