For the past few months there has been much speculation surrounding which players should and would sign with the first Fiji Super Rugby franchise which also happens to be the first standalone South Pacific franchise.
One name that is constantly brought up is Rewa native Serupepeli Vularika. A skilful player who can play anywhere across the backline. So it is surprising that such a talented player hasn’t been snapped up by a European club.
Every opportunity he is given he shows nothing but class, most evident in the match against the Barbarians in 2019 where he was a menace with an without the ball.
“It’s like a dream come true and to know all my years playing rugby has built up to this. I’m really blessed to be given this opportunity and to make my family proud.”“Embed from Getty Images
You may have missed it but as recent as August 1st this year, Seru won a Major League Rugby title with LA Giltinis.
But that is so far the story of Suva’s skipper cup utility back. Criminally underrated yet grateful for whatever opportunities comes his way.
I asked Seru about his time in the US and his experience in the MLR.
“It was awesome. I loved the group of players and staff and learning from the experience of Matt Giteau, Adam Ashley Cooper, Billy Meakes”.
I told him I was puzzled on how such a quality player was not yet playing in an overseas club but Seru isn’t troubled by that instead he responds; “I’ve been really blessed to have many opportunities representing Fiji with the Flying Fijians, Drua, Latui, Warriors and Suva and Namosi”.
Did he ever see himself in Super Rugby? “Yes it’s been a dream of mine ever since I started rugby so I am really grateful for this opportunity”.
What would such an achievement mean to him and his family?
“It means a lot. It’s like a dream come true and to know all my years playing rugby has built up to this. I’m really blessed to be given this opportunity and to make my family proud.”
And in 10 years when people look back he hopes they think;
“That we made our country proud being the first Fiji team to be included in Super Rugby and go from being unknown to known. Also that we have set a good platform for our brothers following in our footsteps in the future”.
This was originally posted in Issue 1 of the Rakaviti Magazine.