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Wallaby Samu Kerevi keen on Fiji showdown

NZN 19/05/2017 Vince Rugari

Wallabies star Samu Kerevi admits it will be an "emotional rollercoaster" when he takes on his native Fiji for the first time.

The 23-year-old is likely to be one of several Australian players of Fijian descent involved in the June 10 Test match at Melbourne's AAMI Park.

Outside centre Tevita Kuridrani and wingers Henry Speight, Sefa Naivalu, Marika Koroibete, Eto Nabuli and Taqele Naiyaravoro are all in the selection mix and Kerevi is hopeful as many of them as possible will play together against their rugby-mad homeland.

"I've still got both passports," Kerevi, who was born in Fiji's Ba province, said on Friday.

"I know there'll be a lot of family back in Fiji watching as they always do but this time it will be the whole nation watching Fiji as we take them on.

"I haven't played them at international level, it's going to be a lot of familiar faces out there.

"We could have five Fijians in the backline if it went our way. I think the boys are playing really well across the board.

"It'll definitely be an emotional rollercoaster but I'm pretty keen and excited for the challenge."

Fiji won Olympic gold last year and Kerevi believes they are slowly transferring their rugby sevens dominance into the full form of the game.

"You see a lot of them playing in European comps. You could even see it in the last World Cup," he said.

"The forwards, they scrummage really well.

"I was just speaking to Squeak (Stephen Moore) about it and he's really surprised with how they've developed in the last couple years.

"You think just the backline will be throwing the ball around but they're getting a bit more structure, and they've still got that Fijian flair in them. It's good for rugby and Fiji."

Kerevi said he was impressed with how Korobiete has handled his transition to the 15-man code after leaving the NRL's Melbourne Storm last year.

But he said the Melbourne Rebels flyer, as well as teammates Naivalu and Ben Volavola, was struggling amid uncertainty over whether the Super Rugby franchise will be around next year.

"Obviously, it's hard for them," Kerevi said.

"But they're staying positive and just playing footy.

"They're Fijians, so playing rugby and to do it in this country is a massive blessing.

"They're just focusing on that and hopefully everything else sorts itself out."

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