FORMER Digicel sevens halfback Emosi Vucago will join US-based Filimoni Botitu and Simeli Daveta in the Mala Young Boys side in the Great Eight 7s tournament which starts in Sigatoka this morning.
Vucago, Daveta and Botitu have been playing club rugby in the US and their presence in the Mala Young Boys team is likely to boost their performance in the two-day tournament.
Mala Young Boys official Laitia Nabou said they were fortunate to have the services of the three players.
Nabou said Vucago had been training with them for some time but Botitu and Daveta joined them early this week after arriving from the US.
"We have named a strong team because we know we have a very tough pool this weekend," Nabou said.
"We played at the Mount Saint Mary's tournament in Nadi last week where we tested our players and made three new inclusions for the Great Eight 7s."
Nabou said making the top eight in this tournament would be very important if they wanted to progress through to the Coral Coast 7s later this month.
"We know the other teams also have the same goal as ours that is to make it the quarter-finals and secure a spot in the Coral Coast tournament," Nabou said.
Mala Young Boys have a very tough pool as they have been put in Pool 6 along with Hydro and last weekend's Central Coast 7s (Sydney) champions Westfield Barbarians. The tournament starts at 8.50am when West Tigers take on Nasesevia before Leleanites take on Fiji Police I at 9.10am. The finals will be held tomorrow.