Sevens legend Waisale Serevi sets sights on coaching youths in UAE

Matt Jones - Editor 09:05 07/12/2015
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UAE ambitions: Waisale Serevi (l).

Sevens legend Waisale Serevi may be on his way home following the conclusion of the Dubai Rugby Sevens, but he has not ruled out one day returning on a more permanent basis to coach in the UAE.

Serevi led Joost van der Westhuizen’s J9 Legends to victory in the International Vets competition at The Sevens Stadium on Saturday, J9’s first win after losing the previous two finals.

Currently coaching rugby in America, the man widely regarded as the best sevens player ever says the UAE may be a future destination for him.

“Nothing is impossible. Don’t rule it out,” said Serevi, when asked if he would consider trying to help grow the game in the Emirates as he is doing in the USA. 

“Rugby in 21 years has given me a lot and I would love to be part of anything to help kids learn rugby. I always say you can be taught how to be a better rugby player but the most important thing is to be a better person in life.”

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Serevi also said he could return to play in Dubai next year and help J9 defend their title, although he is keen to coach a youth team instead of a legends one.

“I have to go home first and take it easy for a while,” he said. 

“I’m not getting any younger but I think I will be back. I’d love to coach an Under-18 team, international or whatever.

"That’s what I want to do. I spoke to one of the officials and maybe next year I’ll coach a youth team. I don’t know which one at the moment, we’ll see what happens.”

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