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Dream team

Rashneel Kumar
Tuesday, February 12, 2013

THE individual brilliance of players in the Digicel Fiji Sevens side was rewarded as two national players were named in the Las Vegas 7s Dream Team.

Winger Samisoni Viriviri and playmaker Joji Ragamate were chosen in the Dream Team by the International Rugby Board (IRB) commentators after the tournament at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, USA yesterday.

They join Samoa's Afa Aiono and Patrick Faapale, South Africa's Chris Dry and Paul Delport and New Zealand's Tim Mikkelson to complete the team.

Viriviri, who finished second on the Las Vegas 7s try scorers list after snapping seven tries in the three-day tournament, was stunning on the final day yesterday.

He showed sheer class and determination to break the opponents defence line with some superb skills and speed.

Viriviri, a 24-year-old farmer from Dratabu, Nadi, made his debut for Fiji at the Gold Coast 7s in Australia last year.

He plays for Nadroga in the domestic competition.

Viriviri's grandfather and namesake played 24 Test matches for Fiji in the late 70s and early 80s.

"I think Samisoni did really well on the final day of the tournament," Stallions coach Esala Nauga said of Viriviri's performance at Las Vegas.

"He is out there to prove himself and he showed his ability in the IRB 7s tournaments he played in so far. But he still has the capability to perform better at the international level."

Nauga thanked the national players for the performance at the Wellington and Las Vegas 7s and left it to the coaches to decide the way forward for the national side.

Fiji remains on the fourth spot of the HSBC IRB 7s World Series points table with 66 points.

The national side lost to Samoa 31-36 in the third place play-off after a close loss to New Zealand 14-19 in the Cup semi-final.

The All Blacks 7s extends its lead to 96, Las Vegas 7s winner South Africa jumps to second place with 73 and Samoa is third with 71.

The next leg of the series will be held in Hong Kong and Japan at the end of March.

The national side arrives home on Thursday.





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