S Russia at St Mary's School
Serevi: Safari 7s key to Russia's plans
By Eric Njiru | Tue 15 Oct, 2019 14:20

Russia 7s head coach Waisale Serevi says Safari 7s will play a big role in their ‘big plans’ for the next four years.

Russia are one of the international sides already in Nairobi for Saturday’s Safari 7s and on Tuesday held an open training session at St.Mary’s School.

“This year the short term goal is to try and qualify for Europe GPX series, long term is the next four years we want to qualify for the World Cup.”

“We are trying to take step by step and that’s why we have started the 2019/20 by adding another competition to our schedule that is Safari 7s and that’s why we are here”.

Fiji 7s legend Waisale Serevi was in November 2018 confirmed as the new head coach for the Russian men’s 7s team.

The Russia Rugby Union said Serevi will be in charge for their push to return to the World Rugby Sevens Series.

“I believe we have made the right choice to come to Kenya for the Safari 7s. We went to Fiji and Dubai but they are different kinds of tournament.”

“We thought to come to Nairobi because Kenya is one of the strongest teams in the HSBC Sevens Series. Five years ago I came here and this competition was tough and it’s getting stronger and stronger that’s why I wanted the boys to come down here and experience the physicality of Southern Africa region rugby.”

Serevi’s Russia will learn their Saturday’s pool opponents on Wednesday morning when Kenya Rugby Union conduct the draw as well as name Kenya 7s and Morans teams for the tournament. 

“We’ve already started our preparation phase for the next four years. We want to qualify for the Olympics. We want to get back to the HSBC World Seven series that’s where real competition is.”

“I head South Africa will be here, Zimbabwe , Uganda all teams will be here what we need that’s what we are trying to do with our players.”

“The more big teams come the better for us as I always say winning and losing is not that important. It’s important but it’s all about getting better the next time you go to the field. The boys are excited and ready.”

Russia arrived in Nairobi last week. 

Eric Njiru
Award-winning, bold, independent Rugby Journalist and Radio Presenter in Kenya, Southern Hemisphere. Experience in Match-Day Reporting, News and Interviews. Covering Kenya 7s around the World. Email: ericnjiru41@gmail.com +254726205521
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