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Lomaiviti exposes young players to top level rugby

Arin Kumar
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

FORMER national sevens rep Maleli Bula has been roped into the Lomaiviti Barbarians side for the Uprising Fiji International 7s tournament this weekend.

Bula will replace Benito Eremasi who has been called into the national sevens training side that is preparing for the Wellington 7s tournament.

Lomaiviti coach/player Marika Vunibaka said the position of a winger was one of the hardest but he believed Bula would be a capable replacement.

Bula represented Fiji in the Dubai and South Africa 7s tournaments in the first leg of the 2012/2013 HSBC Sevens World Series.

Being a former national winger himself, Vunibaka said, Bula would have no problems filling in the gap.

Vunibaka said he was looking forward to giving more players the break they needed to make it big in the sport.

He said his side had been preparing well and the boys were confident of a good outing.

"The boys that are with me are young and I am just looking at exposing these boys to top level rugby," the former Canterbury Crusaders winger said.

"We have played in many tournaments but this will be one of the hardest because of the number of top local and international teams," he said.

Lomaiviti Barbarians have been drawn in the Ministry of Health pool with Digicel Fiji Barbarians, TCC Tonga and LICI Police.