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New threat

Rashneel Kumar
Sunday, January 27, 2013

TOMASI Cama Jr is wary of the new players in the Digicel Fiji Sevens team ahead of the Wellington 7s tournament which kicks off next Friday at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand.

Five new players Jone Vota, Jasa Veremalua, Josua Tuisova, Manasa Nayagi and Benito Eremasi are set to make their debut in the HSBC IRB Sevens World Series next month.

Cama said the newcomers would be a threat to New Zealand and other teams alike because of their unknown skills.

The All Black 7s playmaker, who is highly tipped to retain his place in the Gordon Tietjens 12-member team to be named tomorrow, said the seven experienced players in the Fiji team had an important role of guiding these youngsters at the international stage.

"I guess the guys that have been there will lead the way but the five new players will be as dangerous as the old hands in the team because no other teams will know them and how they play," the Fiji-born player said.

"And I guess they (new players) will offer something different for the Fiji team so they can do well in this leg."

Cama, who was named the 2011/12 IRB 7s series Player of the Year, congratulated the Lomaiviti Babas players Eremasi and Nayagi on their selection.

"I am happy for them that all their hard work and dedication paid off," he said.

"While I don't really know the other new boys, but as usual, all Fijian players know the game inside out, so they will be tough."

Meanwhile Cama said with the expectation high among the Fiji fans, the national side would have to come mentally prepared for the Wellington 7s.

"I think there will be pressure on them from the public to perform in this next leg but I'm sure they don't want to let them down either," he added.

The Wellington 7s starts at 12noon with France taking on Kenya in the opening match of the tournament.

The Setefano Cakau-skippered side face Scotland at 1.50pm, Australia at 4.46pm and Portugal at 8.34pm in pool matches on Friday.

New Zealand leads the 2012/13 IRB 7s series on 60 points followed by France on 46 and Fiji on 44.





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