A NEW Fiji sevens team captain will be named today.
This is after regular skipper Setefano Cakau (Pictured, right) was ruled out of the HSBC Sevens World Series tournaments in Hong Kong and Japan.
The Wardens forward sustained an injury during a scrimmaging session at Nasova last Friday.
He ruptured a medial ligament in his left knee and failed to recover after being assessed by Fiji Rugby Union's medical co-ordinator and team physiotherapist William Koong.
The 34-year-old was later ruled out by Doctor Eddie McCaig yesterday. Despite not travelling with the team, Cakau says his teammates have his full support.
"I have a lot of faith and trust in the team and just want to wish them all the best. I, of course, will be cheering for them here at home," he said.
Head coach Alifereti Dere will name his final 12-member team at Kadavu House this morning. Dere will be banking on the experience of Nemani Nagusa, Ilai Tinai and Osea Kolinisau to spearhead their campaign in Hong Kong and Japan.
Nagusa and Tinai are the only survivors from last year's winning Hong Kong team.
Lanky Army secondrower Leone Nakarawa is expected to replace Cakau as Dere is set to reveal his third skipper for this season.
Wardens forward Levani Botia is the other player who was ruled out because of injury.
The final team will be named at 10am.
16-member squad :
Forwards: Jasa Veremalua, Ulaiyasi Lawavou, Jone Vota, Setefano Cakau, Nemani Nagusa, Mosese Saunivanua, Leone Nakarawa, Peni Ravai.
Backs: Sakuisa Gavidi, Ilai Tinani, Emosi Mulevoro, Manasa Nayagi, Osea Kolinisau, Benito Masilevu, Samisoni Viriviri, Donasio Ratubuli.