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Fijian surprise

Rashneel Kumar, In Wellington
Thursday, January 31, 2013

RENOWNED rugby sevens commentator Nigel Starmer-Smith can't wait to see what the new Fijian players have in store at the Wellington 7s.

Five new players Jone Vota, Jasa Veremalua, Benito Eramasi, Manasa Nayagi and Josua Tuisova have been included in the Digicel-sponsored side.

While Smith predicted New Zealand to scoop this year's title, he expected Fiji to surprise many at the Cake Tin this weekend.

"When I saw them in Gold Coast I said there is a fantastic new Fijian team and what happens in next tournament, half of them are gone but I can understand the message really that they are trying to build up their best team for the world cup," he said.

"At the moment it's pretty difficult (to win) because they keep on changing the team.

"When you get five new players in a Fijian team you can't really predict what's going to happen and similarly with the other teams as well.

"But I think at any time Fiji has a team that can win any tournament."

Smith said he loved watching Fijian players because they always brought something special with them.


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