[ESPN] Simon Barnes’ Rugby World Cup heroes: Waisale Serevi
Waisale Serevi of Fiji is possibly the greatest rugby union player of all time. At least, he is if you are daft enough to think that rugby is something to do with a ball. I include him in my top five World Cup rugby players not because of what he has achieved in the World Cup, but because of what might have been.
The rugby World Cup was made in Hong Kong. The annual Hong Kong Sevens tournament was the first genuinely global gathering of the rugby nations, and it was a revelation to the game. It was first held in 1976: rugby teams from all over the world came there to play seven-a-side rugby and to sit and gasp in amazement at the fact that the game was about 10 times bigger than they realized.