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Emoni Narawa
Friday, November 30, 2012

ALIFERETI Dere has named three new players in Fiji's starting line-up for their opening pool game against Spain at the HSBC Sevens World Series tournament in Dubai this evening.

And the national sevens coach has retained his experienced players Lepani Botia, Joji Ragamate, Ilai Tinai and skipper Setefano Cakau in his line-up.

Dere has given the greenlight to Tailevu hitman Inia Tukere and Suva duo Vilitati Sokiveta and Maleli Bula a run against Spain at 6.50pm (Fiji time).

Tukere and Sokiveta will form the forwards combination with Wardens captain Botia, Ragamate and Tinai continue their halves combination while Cakau runs at rover and Bula on the wing. The other new players Peni Mako, Gasaudua Tube, John Stewart and Peni Vaciloa will make their debut off the bench.

Fiji team manager Semi Rogoyawa said the new players were told to focus on the job. He said most players were able to differentiate provincial from international level.

He said Tukere, Bula and Sokiveta had proven their worth at training.

"They (new players) are blending in well and we are reminding them that the nation's hope rests on them," Rogoyawa said.

"That is the line-up coach (Dere) has come up with and we have full confidence in the team. The new players are aware of what is ahead of them. We are just reminding them to be focused on the job and work together as a team," he said.

Fiji plays Scotland in its second match 10.36pm before its final pool game against Kenya at 3.58am tomorrow.

The finals of the Dubai 7s tournament will be played early Sunday morning.

Fiji team: Lepani Botia, Inia Tukere, Vilitati Sokiveta, Joji Raqamate, Ilai Tinai, Setefano Cakau (C), Maleli Bula





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