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Fijian rugby sevens boss hopes to secure Radradra’s services ahead of Tokyo 2020

Bristol Bears star Semi Radradra has “a desire” to play at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, according to Fijian rugby sevens head coach Gareth Baber.

Radradra is regarded as one of the world’s best rugby players having produced a series of standout performances for both club and country.

The 28-year-old back captained Fiji in the Autumn Nations Cup and has previously represented his country in sevens.

Baber is now looking to add Radradra to his squad for Tokyo 2020 and plans to speak to Bristol boss Pat Lam in a bid to secure his services.

The Gallagher Premiership season is due to end on June 26 – a month before the postponed Olympics is scheduled to start.

Fiji, eyeing a second successive Olympic gold medal at Tokyo 2020, are planning to train with Australia, New Zealand and Samoa before setting off to the Japanese capital and Baber hopes Radradra will be released from Bears to enable him to take part in preparations.

“Semi definitely has an intention and a desire to play in the Olympics and there will be conversations with Semi and Pat,” Baber told Rugby Pass.

“The release of a player of that ilk is a big ask, and there are also players in the Top 14 like Vilimoni Botitu and Aminiasi Tuimaba at Castres and Pau, respectively.

“They are high on my list having just dropped out of sevens to 15s.”

Fiji made history at Rio 2016 when they won their first Olympic medal of any color by clinching gold in the men’s rugby sevens.

Playing under the leadership of Ben Ryan, the Fijian team thrashed Britain 43-7 as sevens made its Olympic debut.

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