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Yamacia to face big guns

Rashneel Kumar
Wednesday, January 09, 2013

YAMACIA is hoping to go a level up when they face the giants at the Uprising Fiji International Sevens tournament which will be held next weekend.

The Nadi-based club was the last team to be included in the Uprising 7s to be played at Churchill Park in Lautoka.

Yamacia is coached by former Flying Fijian Aisea Tuilevu and assisted by Vilimone Delasau who will be the team's technical advisor,

"They are a young and upcoming team who we feel deserve a shot at the biggest rugby 7s tournament in Fiji," Uprising Fiji 7s organiser Culden Kamea said.

Yamacia team manager David Dakuitoga said their shield grade win at the Coral Coast 7s last year had raised the profile of the club.

He said the team comprised of unknown players who were from the interior of Navosa, Bukuya and Nadi.

"We are definitely looking forward to feature this club made up of young lads from the rural parts of Nadi and nearby places in a high profile tournament like Uprising 7s," Dakuitoga said.

"We want to get these players straight out of their village life and expose their raw talent in the highly competitive environment."

Dakuitoga said the inclusion of Tuilevu and Delasau was a boost for the team as they were hoping to topple some big guns in the tournament.

He said some former Fiji reps, plying their trade overseas, were also helping the side with the preparation.

"Delasau has been a motivator ever since he donated a set of jersey from (late) Maleli (Kunavore) club Toulouse in France which we still use," Dakuitoga said.

"As for our strength and conditioning training, we are being given the program by Vereniki Goneva and Watisoni Votu because most of the players in the team are from their village."

Dakuitoga thanked the Uprising 7s organisers and assured them good performance in the two-day tournament starting next week Friday.

"For Yamacia, our aim is consistency. We want to go a level up from last year."


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