Hosts Dallen Stanford & Robin MacDowell are joined by Fijian legend Osea Kolinisau for #RugbyHive Episode 5.
Kolinisau is the most capped Fijian 7s player of all-time, with 62 tournament appearances on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series from 2008 to 2016. He is the scorer of a record 1,272 points – the only Fijian ahead of him is the King of Sevens, Waisale Serevi. Kolinisau captained Fiji to back-to-back HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series titles in 2014/2015 and 2015/2016, the first and only time his country has achieved this honor. He was the flag bearer for Team Fiji at the 2016 Rio Olympics. At that event Kolinisau captained Fiji and led them to the Gold medal, claiming Fiji’s first ever medal at an Olympic Games. His side would go on to beat Great Britain 43-7 in the final. In today’s episode we talk about growing up in Suva, Fiji, and his aspirations as a young boy. We talk about debuting for Fiji and the influence of Waisale Serevi. We talk about a foreign coach in Ben Ryan taking the helm of Fiji during the World Series and the Olympic Games. We talk about Cyclone Winston and Fiji winning the 2016 USA Sevens in Las Vegas, and how rugby can inspire hope. What was the Olympic Games like? What was the mindset going into the knockout stages? How massive is the rivalry with the All Black 7s? How is living in Houston, Texas, playing for the Houston SaberCats in Major League Rugby? We cover all these topics including being on the Fijian $7 bill, supporting the Springboks and advice for aspiring young rugby players around the world.
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