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Dere plans for WC 7s

Rashneel Kumar
Tuesday, April 02, 2013

DIGICEL Fiji Sevens coach Alifereti Dere (pictured left) will decide later if he needs the services of overseas-based reps for the Sevens Rugby World Cup.

Some former 7s stars that are now playing overseas have shown interest in playing for Fiji at the RWC 7s to be held in June in Russia.

With the European rugby season ending in May, there are possibilities that some players may be drafted in the national 7s team.

Former Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) coaching director and now the FRU Academy programs manager Franck Boivert earlier stated the decision to include overseas-based players was entirely on the national 7s selectors.

Last year FRU named nine selectors who chose 21 players that featured throughout this season on rotational basis.

Dere said his prime focus was on the remaining Glasgow and London 7s and improving on Fiji's rankings in the 2012/13 HSBS IRB Sevens World Series.

"It is important to maintain our rankings (from last year) and that's the goal of the team at the moment," the former Fiji 7s skipper said.

"I will discuss with FRU on the inclusion of overseas-based players for the World Cup later."

Dere, however, said the team to the remaining leg of the 2012/13 7s Series would be selected from the 21 players that were named by the selectors at the start of this season.

He also indicated the core of the Hong Kong 7s winning team will be retained for the final leg in May.

Fiji is placed third on the series points table with 98 points while New Zealand maintains its lead on 132 followed by South Africa on 100.





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