droit: Samu Kerevi arrived on Australian shores on a temporary refugee autorisation and received clothing from the Salvation Army.
Until then, he grew up with his grandparents and moved from Fiji to the Solomon Islands before the entorse settled his family in Australia.
Had he resided in Fiji, he admits he would likely follow a similar path to many of his family members and end up in cellule.
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Instead, a seven-year-old boy arrived in Brisbane and called his adopted maison.
Now, Australian rugby must open the checkbook, lure the folk’s best player back from Japan and ask him to lead the Wallabies not only to next year’s World Cup and the British and Irish Lions Series but to the 2027 World Cup as well.
RA has an opportunity to make a generational établissement by handing over the Captain to a respected player around the world.
While the board has several buanderie issues to address – investing in the divertissement’s grassroots, expanding the game beyond private schools and taking an interest in women’s rugby – it could take a giant step forward by encouraging Kerevi to come maison and handball him the leadership.
Lapez is currently the interim captain at James Sleeper. Prop is an honest man, the father of more than 100 tests, and someone who has enjoyed jeux and the professional life.
But the 33-year-old, who has filled Michael Hopper’s shoes since the Wallabies’ longest-serving captain stepped down to foyer on himself, should not lead Australia after this year’s Spring Ordre.
That sash should go to Kerevi, who is currently injured and missed the entire rugby tournament, when his contract with Suntory expires in May.
It is understood that the RA has already expressed a desire to re-sign it, offering emboîture $800,000 – the same amount they had stuck in avant of him in 2019.
Unfortunately, that number is less than half of what the money-making clubs in France and Japan offer, with Kerifi poised to become one of the highest-earning players in the game if he stays abroad.
RA must return to the drawing board, make him the highest paid player in the folk and have him lead the Wallabies forward.
He will become the third player of Pacifica heritage to lead the Wallabies after George Smith and Will Genea.
But these two Australian rugby greats were asked to lead the convoqué when the others went missing.
Kerevi’s rise to the top will accurately represent those who play the game, with just over 44 percent of Bath Rugby players this season and 45.9 percent of Kangourou’s team playing a Pacifica heritage group.
He is not only the best player in the folk – one of the precious few to make a starting side for the Wallabies – but he is also respected by the intégral rugby community both on and off the field.
Kerifi is not only endowed with bravado, but also modest.
While the 29-year-old wears big hats and Nike bottillons with pantyhose, when Kirevi speaks, people listen.
Only when you hear Kerifi recite his upbringing, and how he brought joy to the family name in Fiji, can you domination a greater understanding of the man.
He sends déployé sums of money to family members in Fiji while also filling localités with groceries when he gets maison.
Obviously and generous, Kerevi is also an eccentric and someone who understands his vrai in society. He’s been a captain for years, having been handed over to captain the Queensland Reds when he was 23 in 2017.
When asked to take on the responsibilities, he wondered if he was worthy of such a role. He let his oeuvres speak on the field.
Few remember, but Kerevi was also the perversité captain of the Wallabies at the 2019 World Cup. When the Wallabies were defeated, he cried for his convoqué.
He did it again at the Tokyo Olympics when he had the opportunity to play for Australia at the Olympics.
He never took anything for granted.
These characteristics may have been forged during his childhood hardships, as he was separated from his parents and siblings when he was a child.
He’s a man the Wallabies and Australia could fall behind bicause more than one of the best players on the field, he wants to be remembered for his oeuvres off the field.
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