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Power play

Rashneel Kumar
Friday, January 25, 2013

CORE of the team that won the opening tournament in the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series at Gold Coast, Australia, is expected to be retained for the third leg of the series.

While not revealing much on the Digicel Fiji 7s team naming for the Wellington 7s today, assistant coach Timoci Wainiqolo said they would name the best available players for the next two tournaments.

Experienced Setefano Cakau, Ulaiasi Lawavou, Manueli Laqai, Nemani Nagusa, Ilai Tinai, Joji Ragamate and Samisoni Viriviri are expected to be retained.

Benito Eremasi, Jasa Veremalua, Jone Vota, Josua Tuisova and Manasa Nayagi are the newcomers highly tipped to break into the 12-member national team.

Wainiqolo said they had finished most of their preparation for the Wellington and Las Vegas tournaments with concentration basically on set piece play.

He said the team would focus on fine-tuning of key areas next week as they get ready to battle the giants at the Cake Tin in Wellington, New Zealand.

Wainiqolo also said the team visited the Uprising Beach Resort as part of their bonding exercise on Wednesday night.

Yesterday the players were busy with interviews for their US visa at the American Embassy in Tamavua which led to the cancellation of the training sessions.

"The team will break camp on Saturday and regroup on Sunday before we fly out on Monday morning," Wainiqolo said.

"This is a very important leg for us and the players know that as well. The aim is to go there and win the tournaments."

Fiji is pooled with Portugal, Australia and Scotland in the Wellington 7s which will be played on Friday and Saturday next week.

The Alifereti Dere-coached side will take on Scotland in its opening pool match on Friday at 1.50pm before facing Australia at 4.46pm and Portugal in the final pool match at 8.34pm.

Players in the 16-member squad are: 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 Tuisova, Sakiusa Gavidi, Manasa Nayagi, Emosi Mulevoro and Benito Eremasi.





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