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Cakau to lead again

Arin Kumar
Thursday, November 15, 2012

SETEFANO Cakau has been chosen ahead of Levani Botia as the captain for the Digicel Fiji 7s team for the second leg of the HSBC IRB Sevens World Series.

The Namosi man's spot in the team is the only one confirmed at the moment by national head coach Alifereti Dere.

The remaining 11 players to travel to the next leg will be named tomorrow.

Yesterday, Dere said he and assistant coach Timoci Wainiqolo had a good discussion before appointing Cakau as captain.

"We have chosen him (Cakau) as captain because of his maturity in the role," the former national captain said.

"He commands respect from the players and his experience in the game is what we looked at before making the decision," he said.

The 16-member squad is in camp at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua and Dere said they were working on physical training.

"Our first two weeks were for administration purposes and visa lodgment and the week after that we concentrated on team bonding.

"Now we are working on the technical, tactical and physical preparation of the side. That means we are working on the pattern of play and positional play, especially in the scrums and line-outs."

Meanwhile, Dere confirmed the injured players in the side are now fit to play. "Isikeli Vuruna and Peni Vaciloa are doing well; they passed the medical tests and are doing full training now.

"Alipate Ratini was injured over the weekend, we will give him rest for two days and then allow him to train and Botia's injury was minor and he is OK now," he said.

The side will break camp on Saturday morning and if time permits, Dere will travel to Sigatoka for the Coral Coast 7s tournament at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka.

The national 7s side leaves the country next Wednesday to participate in the Dubai 7s that will be held on November 30 and December 1 and the South Africa 7s that will be held on December 7 and 8.





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