Fiji and Pacific sprint sensation Banuve Tabakaucoro has attracted the attention of Australian Rugby League clubs, including the Melbourne Rebels Super Rugby team.
However, he has put on hold all these rugby offers to focus on his ultimate goal of representing the Fiji 7s team.
Tabakaucoro, who grabbed centre attraction in his recent Australian rugby tour displaying lightning speed, helped his newly-formed Silverwaters team to reach two cup finals in Sydney and Melbourne respectively.
The fastest man in the Pacific is working hard to transform his athletics success to the rugby paddock.
At 24 years of age, Tabakaucoro is determined to lift his game and his goal was to secure a spot in the national 7s team.
The speed star was in talks with Melbourne Rebels officials at the tournament.
Silverwater 7s coach, James Hamagushi, said he would be an asset to Fiji rugby. Hamagushi added that Tabakaucoro performed extremely well in his first rugby tournament, and would become one of the best wingers in the near future.
Tabakacoro scored six tries in his first tournament, and exceeded his coach’s expectation. He is aiming to be a future Olympian, and he believes with proper guidance and training, he will fulfill his goal.
Tabakacoro has won many gold medals for Fiji on the tracks, and he is confident of repeating the same in the rugby field.