Cape Town - Fijian Sevens star Seremaia "Jerry" Tuwai is set to become the latest Olympic gold medal
winner to quit the Sevens circuit and move into the XV-a side game.
According to the RugbyPass website, the news comes following Tuwai’s 100th try which helped Fiji win the Cape Town leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series earlier this month and provides a
fitting finale after 13 years in national colours.
years after helping Fiji to Olympic glory in Rio, the Fiji Sun website says he is
waiting for Fiji Rugby Union clearance to allow him to head to the USA where the new professional rugby competition is about to start its
Already making a living in the longer form of the sport are
fellow Fijian Sevens stars Semi Kunatani (UK), Savenaca Rawaca
(France), Osea Kolinisau (USA), Viliame Mata (Scotland), Jasa Veremalua
(USA), Josua Tuisova and Leone Nakarawa (France).
becoming an Olympic gold medal winner the 29-year-old led his country to
five sevens series titles during the 2017/18 season, including four in a
row, plus a silver medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and
fourth place at the World Cup in San Francisco.
The loss of Tuwai,
known as Jerry, is the latest blow to hit the Fiji Sevens squad, but
while it removes vital experience, the squad continues to produce
exciting new talent. Tuwai’s decision comes shortly after Super Rugby
chiefs knocked back the latest attempt to have a Pacific Islands team
included in that competition to help stop the drain of players from the
up, Tuwai used to play rugby with plastic bottles and bundled-up
T-shirts on the streets of Newtown on the outskirts of Suva and his move
to XVs will help his family’s financial future.
Tuwai’s mother Seruwaia
Vualiku told CNN previously: “I knew I wouldn’t worry about food, about
clothes. And Jerry did that for us; for me, my husband and my children.
It’s not me, it’s not my husband. It’s God. Because I know I didn’t
dream that one day Jerry will be a superstar, a rugby player like this.
It was all in God’s plan.
Tuwai joins Blitzboks star Rosco Specman in making the move to the XV-man game. Specman has joined the Bulls as they prepare for next year's Super Rugby campaign.
Specman follows in the footsteps of his former team-mates Seabelo Senatla (Stormers) and Kwagga
Smith (Lions) who seized their opportunities and are now adding firepower to their respective Super Rugby teams.
In addition, Western Province centre Ruhan Nel formed part of the Springbok squad during their
recent November internationals.