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Young unknowns in Ratu Filise side

Arin Kumar
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

AN exodus of senior players overseas has forced Ratu Filise to field a bunch of unknowns at the Fiji Bitter Nawaka 7s tournament this weekend.

Coach Etika Tovilevu said the new players were being developed for future meets.

He said senior players had left so young and inexperienced boys had been drafted in to continue the excellent sevens tradition that Ratu Filise was known for.

"The players that we will use for the tournament are between the ages of 18 to 24," Tovilevu said.

"We have no big names in the side as our senior players have gone overseas so we will use our young players," he said.

He said the Nawaka 7s would be a good test for the players for future competitions.

"This will be their first major tournament as a team and it will be a good exposure for these young boys.

The youngsters are looking forward to make a mark and selectors just might spot a talent in the young brigade from Namatakula Village.

"Our village is well known for rugby and this weekend we will unleash some new talent."

Tovilevu said they were not setting their sights too high but would work towards an achievable target.

"Last year we reached the second elimination round and this time we aim to go one step further.

"We have told the boys what is required of them and we have reminded them that they have the talent which they just need to show on the field."

He is urging supporters of the Ratu Filise side to be present at Prince Charles Park on both days to support the team.

"We will do the talking on the field and all we need from the supports is to come and cheer for us in the tournament because their presence will encourage and motivate us," Tovilevu said.


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