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Rising stars

Rashneel Kumar
Sunday, January 20, 2013

THE Digicel Fiji Sevens side is set to unleash some new stars in the third leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series next month.

This after the national team head coach Alifereti Dere named nine new players in the 16-member squad after the Uprising Fiji International 7s tournament finals at Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday.

They include Jone Vota, Mosese Saunivanua, Jasa Veremalua, Peni Ravai, Joshua Tuiova, Sakuisa Gavidi, Manasa Naiyagi, Emosi Mulevoro and Benito Eremasi.

Dere retained core players Setefano Cakau, Joji Ragamate and Ilai Tinai while Ulaiyasi Lawavou, Nemani Nagusa, Manueli Laqai and Samisoni Viriviri are making a comeback.

A surprise exclusion from the team was Osea Kolinisau.

"These players were chosen by the national team selectors based on the performance during the training and the Uprising 7s," Dere said.

"The final 12-member team will be named on Wednesday (next week)."

The former Fiji 7s skipper used the Uprising 7s to hunt for the best players for the Wellington and Las Vegas 7s tournaments.

He guided the FMF Fiji Warriors team while his assistant Timoci Wainiqolo, who is tipped to take the team to New Zealand, was in charge of the Digicel Fiji Barbarians side.

The Barbarians defeated Warriors 31-12 in the Cup final to become the new Uprising 7s champions.

Fiji is pooled with Portugal, Australia and Scotland in the Wellington 7s to be played on February 1 and 2.

16-member squad:

Forwards: Ulaiyasi Lawavou, Setefano Cakau, Nemani Nagusa, Manueli Laqai, Jone Vota, Mosese Saunivanua, Jasa Veremalua and Peni Ravai. Backs: Joji Ragamate, Ilai Tinai, Samisoni Viriviri, Josua Tuiova, Sakiusa Gavidi, Manasa Nayagi, Emosi Mulevoro and Benito Eremasi.

Uprising Fiji International 7s Day 2 Photos





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