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Naba bids for 7s return

Jo Kunaluvea
Thursday, December 27, 2012

FORMER Fiji sevens skipper Etonia Naba is ready to represent the country again in the abbreviated code.

The Sigatoka policeman looked fit and trim when Times Sport spotted him doing his Christmas shopping at Sigatoka town on Xmas eve.

Naba successfully led his Police team against Army as they captured the Sukuna Bowl a fortnight ago.

He was in devastated form as he was up against rugged players such as Dale Tonawai , Leone Nakarawa and others where he stood his ground and was ferocious in defence.

"I'm ready to represent the country again in sevens rugby," he said

A robust player who can play second or third row, Etonia Naba excelled at the 2006 Cayman Island 7s playing for the Digicel Fiji Barbarians.

He later received the 2005-06 BP 7s Series Best Player award.

Naba missed out on the first leg of the 2006-07 IRB World 7s Series, but earned a spot for the Wellington and San Diego tournaments following strong performances in Nadroga's victory at the BP 7s Finals in Nadi.

He last played for the Fiji sevens team at the 2009 San Diego 7s under the leadership of sevens wizard Waisale Serevi.

"It all depends on the national sevens coach to choose the best players as he has the final say," said the Nabila man.

Naba could be the answer to the Fiji sevens selectors' worry upfront as we gear up preparations to the Wellington 7s tournament.

It was in this department that Fiji's weaknessess were exposed as the forwards failed to match the ruggedness of top teams such as New Zealand, France and South Africa.

Naba, who usually loves to mix it upfront, could be the right man to partner Setefano Cakau in the forwards.

He said right now he would focus his attention on the Police sevens team campaign in upcoming tournament around the country.


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