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It's mission Dubai

Josefa Makaba
Thursday, November 22, 2012

THE Digicel Fiji Sevens team flew out of the country yesterday morning for the next leg of the 2012/2013 IRB Sevens World Series.

The Setefano Cakau-captained side will take part in the Dubai 7s next weekend before they play in the South Africa 7s in Port Elizabeth a week later.

On Tuesday, coach Alifereti Dere took his players for a scrimmage session at the Nadi International School ground as he worked on areas that needed improvements before competition starts next week.

Last week the team worked hard on winning possession at restarts — an area the team did not do too well when they won the Gold Coast tournament.

Dere said he was positive the team would produce the results in the next two tournaments. Dere said even with seven new players, they were ready to continue from where the team left off in the Gold Coast.

"The selectors have made some changes all in belief that these new players will not let us down.

"We still have some areas that we need to work on when we reach Dubai and we will make sure that we improve on it before the tournaments start," Dere said.

The return of skipper Cakau will surely bring a lot of confidence into the team as they chase their first win in Dubai after 13 years. Fiji is expected to be one of the first teams to arrive in Dubai.

Meanwhile New Zealand coach Gordon Tietjens is expected to name his 12-member team for the Dubai and South Africa tournaments this week.

Tietjens has included four Fijians in his training squad as he maps out his plan for the next two tournaments.

Former New Zealand skipper Lote Raikabula, Tomasi Cama Jr and David Raikuna have now been joined by 17-year-old Luke Masirewa in Tietjens' squad.





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