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Duo out of Vegas

Rashneel Kumar
Sunday, February 10, 2013

THE Digicel Fiji Sevens side is facing a major setback after two key players were ruled out of the rest of the Las Vegas 7s tournament which is being played at the Sam Boyd Stadium.

Skipper Setefano Cakau and forward, Manueli Laqai have been banned for four and six weeks, respectively, from international rugby following dangerous play in the opening day of the tournament yesterday.

Laqai was disciplined by the International Rugby Board for an eye-gouging incident in Fiji's pool opener against England.

Cakau was found guilty of the stiff tackle in Fiji's second pool match against Scotland.

Fiji team manager Semi Rogoyawa said the 34-year-old was initially suspended for six weeks but they appealed his case and it was reduced to four weeks.

Fiji 7s head coach, Alifereti Dere said they were yet to finalise the replacements.

He added the national team would have to play with its remaining players, as replacements were only allowed for injured players.

Dere asked fans to continue supporting the team as they look to bounce back from the disastrous outing in Wellington last weekend.

The national side defeated England 26-17 before beating Scotland 14-12 to book its place in the Cup quarter-finals later this afternoon.


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