Vilimoni Botitu is determined to help Fiji defend their Olympic gold medal in Tokyo next year, easing fears that the rugby world’s new sensation may be lured by foreign clubs.
Botitu was one of four Fijians named in the HSBC World Sevens Series team of the season for 2018/19, playing a part in their overall series victory. He is now focused on winning a place in the Olympic squad for Tokyo.
Speaking to the Fiji Sun he said: “I am happy with my performance on my debut season and I thank the Lord for his blessing. My next target is the Olympic game and it will be tough because there are some big brothers of mine who also want to share this dream. I have to perform well because Olympic games are the bigger picture.
“I am not looking to [club offers] at the moment, but I will cross that bridge when I get to it.”
😮 It's been a phenomenal season for @fijirugby's number 7, Vilimoni Botitu.
⭐️ He's taken the series by storm & won the #DHLImpactPlayer Award 2019!
⛔️ Tackles: 124 | 💨 Breaks: 24 | 👌 Offloads: 49 | 🏃♂️ Carries: 159
— DHL Rugby (@DHLRugby) June 6, 2019
While he is proud of winning the DHL Rugby impact player of the year in his first season in the world series, he admits that his transition from 15s to 7s was not an easy task.
“ The game transition is not easy from playing 15s to 7s. You need to do those hard yards, trust me. But I am thankful to my teammates in assisting me to adapt well in the transition.” Said Botitu in the Fiji Sun.
The 20-year-old Fijian played 56 matches in his debut season scoring 202 points and 26 tries. Before switching to the shorter and faster format of rugby, he played 15s and was instrumental in helping Fiji win the World Rugby U20 Championship.
Sevens has influenced his game positively, building his experience and making him a well-rounded rugby athlete.
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