Back in September 2008 Think Rugby has been givin the privilage to interview 2 international players, thanks to Bristol RFC. For this interview we shall be asking David Lemi, a Samoan International Rugby player with 84 caps playing the 15-man game and also plays the 7-man game about what his views of the game and advice to players who aren’t quite at that level.
1- What do you think are the biggest differences between southern and northern hemisphere rugby?
The length of the season. We play a lot of rugby in England.
2- In your opinion what’s the biggest difference between 7s and 15s?
The pace of the game. Also, in Sevens a lot of the more forwards based power aspects like rucking, mauling and scrums aren’t in evidence so much.
3- What’s your advice to wingers that are extremely fast, reasonably strong but new to the games?
Watch and learn. Pick up what you can in training but watch lots of video as well and see how the wingers position themselves.
4- Do you have any advice on how not to miss tackles?
Not really! Make the tackle on your terms. Also, try and adapt your tackle to your opponent. You have to tackle some big guys low!
5- If you are in defensive 2 on 1 situation what would you do? go for the ball carrier or wait for support before going for the outside man?
That depends. Sometimes you can come in and smother man and ball. Other times you have to buy time and wait for support.
David Lemi has since signed for London Wasps.