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Call to look at Fijians in Malaysia

Thursday, December 17, 2009

FORMER national soccer captain and Mirchi All Stars coach Tagi Vonolagi believes Fiji rugby should start looking at our boys playing club rugby in Malaysia.

Vonolagi, who is working in Malaysi,a said there is good number of Fijian rugby players in Malaysia and this was an area the Fiji Rugby Union could tap in to, especially if it wants to lift our sevens team.

Vonolagi said our Fijian players had been helping their clubs reach new heights in sevens in Malaysia and also in competitions in other Asian countries.

Vonolagi, who is the younger brother of former Fiji sevens captain Sakeasi Vonolagi and fifteens player Tevita Vonolagi, said a good indication of how good our boys are doing in Malaysia was when a group of Fijian boys helped NS Wanderers beat the Fiji Selection (Davetalevu) in the final of the Borneo Sevens 10-7.

"I think there were four Fijian players in the NS Wanderers side that beat the Aisea Tuilevu-coached side that day," Vonolagi said.

"I believe it's high time our sevens selectors should start looking at our rugby players in Malaysia.

"A lot of our boys are playing important roles for their clubs and have been helping improve the sevens skills of the local."

Vonolagi said the FRU could at invite a team of Fijian players based in Malaysia to play in a sevens tournament which could be used as a trial.

"A lot of these boys are good sevens players and they need to be given a chance to show our selectors what they can do."

Four Malaysia-based players joined Lami side Veiyasana Babas in last weekend's Suva Sevens in Lautoka.

Benedito Koroi, Seniyasi Senivau, Maikeli Nabuliwaqa and Josese Vaka helped Veiyasana reach the quarter-finals where they were beaten by eventual winners Waimanu with a last minute try.





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