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Fijian legend Serevi returns to Bermuda

Rugby Sevens legend Waisale Serevi and his team of coaches have returned to Bermuda to continue their quest the grow the game on the Island.

Serevi, who is widely regarded as one of the best Sevens players of all time, and his coaching staff will be conducting a series of school visits as well as help the development of the national teams.

This is the second part of a three-year, multi-tiered rugby development programme sponsored by XL and led by Serevi Rugby and Bermuda Rugby Football Union.

“Serevi's first visit in June was such a success for everyone involved that we're looking forward to this month's visit and exposing more of the island's youth to the benefits rugby can bring to their lives,” said Mark Berry, senior vice-president and managing director at XL Group and ex-Bermuda player

“We look forward to building on the excitement created by Serevi's previous visit to not only get more children across the island interested in the game, but to build the core rugby skills of our high end players to compete with the best in the world.”

Serevi will be joined by Irish legend Justin Fitzpatrick, national championship winning coach Evan Haigh, and former Fijian national team player William Rasileka.

During their four-day visit they will work directly with young players during the camps and continue their training of the Bermuda national teams (U19s, men's and women's sevens).

Serevi's coaches provided support for the Bermuda men's team during the Serevi RugbyTown Sevens Tournament in Glendale, Colorado where they matched up against some of the best teams in North America.

“Between the time we were here training in June and the tournament in Colorado we saw the level of fitness, intensity and knowledge of the game increase for Team Bermuda,” said Serevi.

“It is a process to have the players realise what it takes to compete at the highest level, and these players from Bermuda now understand that and are working hard to make improvements ahead of their upcoming international play.”

Serevi Rugby will visit Warwick Academy and CedarBridge Academy today.

Fiji rugby star Waisale Serevi and his team of coaches will be holding rugby clinics on the Island during the next few days.

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Published September 19, 2013 at 5:05 pm (Updated September 19, 2013 at 5:21 pm)

Fijian legend Serevi returns to Bermuda

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