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Sacramento fijians here for exposuure

Josefa Makaba
Friday, January 22, 2010

THE Sacramento Fijians from USA is here to give their players exposure.

Sacramento Fijians coach Josese Tunidau said they were here to establish a relationship between Fijian rugby players in USA to their counterparts in Fiji.

Tunidau said this was their first trip to a big sevens tournament as the club was formed last year.

"Most of the boys in this team usually play for the Tonga team in Sacramento but last year I thought that we should try and form our own team and I'm happy that we've managed to make it to Fiji for this tournament," Tunidau said.

"The most important thing is to give these boys the opportunity to be recognised and at the same time allow them to learn and develop their knowledge of the game of sevens."

Tunidau said with the USA team playing in this tournament, the Eagles officials had an ideal opportunity to watch some America-based Fijians in action.

"Only a few Fijian players have made it into the USA sevens team in the past and we want to continue to showcase our talent to the USA team officials."

Tunidau said another feature of this trip was to scout for talented rugby players who could go and play club rugby in the USA.

"America is a big nation and there are a lot of opportunities for our rugby players to make it to the top over there," he said.

"We've seen what Fijian players have done to lift the sport of sevens in teams they've joined overseas and it can also help improve the game for USA.

"At the moment, there's only one Fijian in the USA team but imagine if two or three Fijian players make it through."

Tunidau said he was happy with how his team played in their opening match. Sacramento defeated New Caledonia 26-0 with winger Emosi Tavai scoring three tries.


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