Wednesday’s rugby news has Samu Kerevi defending Marika Koroibete, Henry Speight’s worthwhile Sevens experience, All Blacks wary of Argentina at home and Pat Lambie glad to be back for the Springboks.
Kerevi Backs Koroibete
Wallaby centre Samu Kerevi has defended Melbourne Rebels recruit and fellow Fijian Marika Koroibete after he stated his move to Rugby was simply a “business decision”.
“Everyone’s got a family. But for us, our extended family comes into it. Everyone in the same village, it’s kind of like a bigger family,” Kerevi said.
“That’s why you see a lot of Fijians overseas. You may think they’re just there to cash in but they’re not, they’re really trying to help their family.
“I didn’t get brought up just by my mum and dad. I got brought up by my grandfather who’s not even my actual grandfather – he’s my grandfather’s sister’s husband.
“For me, I’ve called them mum and dad for a long time. His kids, I call them brothers and sisters. We don’t have that cousin thing.
“For me to give that back to them, it’s a massive blessing for me to be able to do that.”
“Any money I get is shared back into our family, helping secure our future – if it’s buying a home, property or land, that’s where it goes, not just for myself.
No Regrets for Speight
Wallabies winger Henry Speight says that joining the Sevens program this year was a worthwhile experience despite not making the squad for the Olympics after sustaining a medial ligament strain two months out from the event.
“I can say that I really took a lot out of that and can’t thank the Australian sevens program enough,” Speight said.
“Coming back, the body’s in good nick, the transition hasn’t been too hard, which is pretty good.
“I’m happy to be back in the fold, in the Wallabies camp and hopefully I can get a run with my roomie (fellow Fijian Sefa Naivalu).”
AB’s Wary of Pumas
Last time the two sides met, the Puma’s were competitive until the 50th minute before New Zealand dominated the latter part of the match.
“I guess you can talk about their 50 minutes, and we did pretty well in that last 30 but we’ve got to be careful,” said All Blacks assistant coach Ian Foster.
“They would’ve learned a lot about us in that last 30.”
Lambie Glad to be Back
South African flyhalf Pat Lambie is excited to return to test rugby after being knocked out in South Africa’s match against Ireland in June.
Lambie revealed he woke up with a headache everyday for three months following the incident.
“I’m thrilled to be back, very excited to be included in the group again. I’ve missed being part of the Springboks, so it is wonderful to be back,” Lambie said.
“It has been quite frustrating sitting on the side, especially for how long it took to get better again. But thankfully I’ve been looked after well off the field.”