Player of the tournament eyes national honours
Twenty-five-year-old, Faafouina Loau, from Faleula had a lot to celebrate during the weekend.
Not only did his team win the Vailima World Sevens series after defeating Malie Sharks, 22-5, he was also named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
The Marist St Joseph's captain – who has set his eyes on winning selection into Samoa’s national sevens squad – told the Samoa Observer that he is proud of the team’s performance.
"As the captain, I know I had to set good examples for my team. So every time scuffles arise I should know how to control my team and nevertheless remind them of their discipline,” he said in an interview.
“As of now, I am hoping that I would be selected in the sevens or any of our national teams, not for fame but to see what it's like to play on those higher levels.”
Loau also emphasised that getting the Player of the Series award has also given him the extra motivation to do better.
"With the four legs that have passed, I have always worked hard on my fitness, and getting the award is just something that motivates me to always do my best with every match that I play.
“It's not always about getting an award but it's about how much we learn and having that mentality to play your heart out on the field and make your family proud.”
Loau's parents are Toi Lautua and Otila Toi Lautua and is from the village of Faleula.
He is now preparing together with his Marist club for the SRU Circuit sevens in August.