Sevens wizard Serevi mobbed
One member of Fiji’s tour party continues to be popular wherever he goes, including in soccer mad Portugal and that (no surprises) is Waisale Serevi.
“Whenever any media comes around all they seem to be interested in is Serevi,” FMF Flying Fijians team manager Simon Poll revealed.
But the sevens wizard’s popularity is not restricted to the local media.
“Today, Serevi went to a poor area of Lisbon to do some coaching, but when he got there they all just mobbed him, he’s such a popular character around the place,” Poll added.
Serevi is travelling with the team as an understudy to FMF Flying Fijians backline coach Paul Feeney and is also an FRU Development Officer.
The only other Fijian player whom the Portuguese are familiar with is winger Sireli Bobo who, in 1999, played one season with local club Cascais as a flanker and No.8 – how times have changed.
But in a country dominated totally by soccer, it’s hardly surprising to find that few people, including the Portuguese media, seem to be aware of the presence of a top international rugby team on their shores.
Having just come from being under the media spotlight in Wales where almost every single detail of the team was analysed the FMF Flying Fijians now find themselves almost totally ignored.
“It’s quite a strange feeling really coming from playing in front of almost 75,000 people to a country where we understand the crowd at the ground is likely to be about 3,000,” Poll said.
Source: The Fiji Sun – Thursday, November 17, 2005