Confident departure for London mission

Fiji Airways Men’s 7s players Paula Dranisinukula (left) and Alosio Naduva at Nadi International airport yesterday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

THE Fiji Airway national 7s players were beaming with confidence as they departed the country this morning for the last leg of the HSBC World Sevens Rugby Series London and Paris 7s tournaments.

Fiji leads the overall world 7s series points’ table standing with 145 points and is four points above defending champion South Africa.

Head coach Gareth Baber said the remaining two 7s tournaments would best test his troops to come out of their comfort zone and delivered the goods for the nation.

He said it would be a titanic battle for the players knowing the South Africa and other top teams would try their best to deny Fiji from wining the 7s series.

Baber said the aim was to do well in both tournaments and win the series.

Rio Olympics Fiji 7s gold medallist Jasa Veremalua has reclaimed his spot in the side after missing out on the Singapore 7s. Veremalua is joined by Apenisa Cakaubalavu and Samisoni Viriviri replacing warhorse Isake Katonibau, Terry Tamani and Keponi Paul.

The Jerry Tuwai-captained side faces New Zealand, Scotland and Argentina in the London 7s pool games next weekend.

Team: Jerry Tuwai, Jasa Veremalua, Kalioni Nasoko, Mesulame Kunavula, Josua Vakurunabuli, Apenisa Cakaubalavu, Paula Dranisinukula, Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Amenoni Nasilasila, Vatemo Ravouvou, Waisea Nacuqu, Eroni Sau,, Alosio Naduva, Samisoni Viriviri.