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Nacagilevu joins Force

Zanzeer Singh
Monday, February 18, 2013

FORMER Fiji 7s utility backline player Mitieli Nacagilevu is likely to return to the paddock with the Western Force team during the 26th Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s next month.

Nacagilevu has been out of competitive 7s action for a long period after sustaining a neck injury during the 2012 Marist 7s.

He miraculously survived a vertebra dislocation to his neck, spending nearly six weeks at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital.

The police officer appeared for the Kuata Exiles Nakalavo club during the opening round of the Mount Saint Mary's 7s in Nadi last October.

However, Nacagilevu's return was cut short by Fiji Rugby Union official Franck Boivert who advised him to get a clearance from a specialist doctor.

Nacagilevu has been training with the Western Force which is made up of police officers who represent Nadroga in the domestic competition.

The side includes Etonia Naba, Iliesa Ratuva, Aisea Natoga and Rupeni Nasiga.

Nawaka Rugby Club president Mataiasi Nabau said registrations for the tournament would close this Friday.

He said only a couple of places remained for the tournament.

"We have been notified that Western Force will be fielding a star-studded team," Nabau said.

"Mitieli has been training with the side and will most likely be making his comeback in the tournament.

"The Veiyasana Senikau team from Lutu in Naitasiri confirmed participation yesterday. Lutu is the village where renowned coach Reverend Joji Rinakama is from."

The top teams that have confirmed participation in the tournament include defending champions Westfield Tokatoka Resort Barbarians, Samurai Barracudas, Wardens Green, Wardens Gold, Army Green, Army Red, Red Rock and Police.

Nabau thanked sponsors Paradise Beverages for forking out $20,000 for the two-day tournament.

He said the winner would walk away $10,000 richer.

"We still have no word from the Fiji Rugby Union on the participation of the national side," Nabau said.

Meanwhile, the Westfield Tokatoka Barbarians team in conjunction with the NRC will organise a mini 7s tournament this Friday.

The tournament is likely to be played at Prince Charles Park.

The Nawaka 7s will be held on March 1 and 2.


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