How Beauden Barrett made Samu Kerevi the best center in the world


Kerevi’s ability to fold the defensive line was evident as soon as he made his debut for the Queensland Reds, but with each successful test his ability to create opportunities for others improves.

The 28-year-old is now closer to achieving what he considers to be the ideal game for an indoor center – model Ma’a Nonu.

All Black grand Ma’a Nonu.Credit:Pennsylvania

“Someone who inspired me was Ma’a Nonu. Seeing a player like that transform their skills is something I want someday. Add armor to the armory, ”Kerevi said.

“This is where I am coming from. Have an armory in the armor. It’s just a matter of progressing. Never being happy with where I am and always having a half full glass on performances and obviously trying to be consistent.

“I also know what I’m good at. I know my ball can be strong and the unload space.

“That doesn’t mean I have to park this. I certainly continue to train and the connections I have with other centers – especially Lenny. It’s an evolving piece that I want to keep improving.

Kerevi’s return impressed experts to the point that he was called the best center in the world.

The former Reds star was unwilling to accept this label. In his eyes, one of Barrett’s current teammates owns this coat.

Samu Kerevi has played since his return to the Wallabies fold.

Samu Kerevi has played since his return to the Wallabies fold.Credit:Getty

“I think right now, as a center that has it all for me, it would be David Havili,” he said.

“I think his performances with the Crusaders, watching those games and then winning the No.12 jersey with the AB – that’s a tough question.

“They have exceptional players and as a player package he is playing really well in this space. He’s played from the back, he communicates well, he’s excellent under the high ball and has a great kicking game – he took it to 12 as well.

“He might not have all the line breaks or people kicked out, but it’s the little things in his game. People don’t really see him, but as a center I watch him. “


Meanwhile, SANZAAR and Rugby Australia issued a public apology to Pumas and UAR, who felt “disrespected” after photographs of the other three rugby championship captains in a media opportunity circulated last week.

“SANZAAR and Rugby Australia take full responsibility for this error and recognize that it should not have happened and fully understand Argentina Rugby’s disappointment in this matter after the image appeared in the media,” reads – we apologize.

Stan Sport is the only place to watch every game of the The rugby championship continuing this Saturday with the Wallabies vs. Argentina followed by the Springboks vs. the All Blacks – both games broadcast live, extended and ad-free on Stan Sport from 4:15 p.m. AEST.


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