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Sevens to name team

Rashneel Kumar
Tuesday, October 02, 2012

THE Digicel Fiji sevens side for the opening leg of the International Rugby Board (IRB) Sevens World Series will be revealed tomorrow.

Coach Alivereti Dere and his assistant Timoci Wainiqolo named the 16-member extended squad over the weekend which will be cut down to a 12-member team to Australia for the Gold Coast 7s from October 13 to 14.

The 16-member squad hit the roads yesterday before a gym session later in the afternoon at the Fiji Rugby Union's HPU Gym in Laucala.

Wainiqolo earlier said the side needed more hit out sessions to be ready for the title defence at the Gold Coast 7s tournament.

He said they would have more warm-up matches this week to get the combination working in the team.

Fiji Rugby Union has secured the services of top local 7s club, Wardens, which is providing the national side with a good build-up for the tournament.

Meanwhile, with bulk of provincial players included in the extended squad, Dere is expected to retain most of them in the final squad for the Gold Coast 7s.

Dere earlier said he was happy with the performance of the provincial players in the squad and would use the series to "expose them" for the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow, Russia.

16-member squad: Apisai Domolailai, Lepani Botia, Ulaiasi Lawavou, Timoci Vakadranu, Samu Saqiwa, Sailosi Rabonaqica, Manueli Laqai, Joji Ragamate, Samisoni Viriviri, Osea Kolinisau, Leone Tabuarua, Ilai Tinai, Alipate Ratini, Apisalome Waqatabu, Aisake Druma, Joshua Tuiova