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Uphill to Moscow

Rashneel Kumar
Monday, May 13, 2013

FORMER Fiji sevens captain Jope Tuikabe said the national side needs to include overseas-based players to add depth in its Rugby World Cup (RWC) campaign.

This after the Digicel Fiji 7s side was bundled out of the London Sevens cup competition at Twickenham Stadium last night.

Fiji lost 7-20 to Kenya in the quarter-final after struggling to finish second in its pool.

With the World Cup to be held next month in Moscow, Russia, Tuikabe said experience was vital in winning the third world cup title.

Fiji won the 1997 and 2005 RWC 7s titles.

"The players who are part of the 21-member squad are good and I think they should dominate the world cup team," the national 7s selector said.

"But we need experienced hands who can add depth to the team. Some overseas-based players should be considered for the world cup."

Tuikabe, who scored a try in the 24-21 win over South Africa in the 1997 RWC 7s final in Hong Kong, welcomed the selection of Waisale Serevi and Tomasi Cama Snr to the management team.

He said the Fiji Rugby Union should use players from world cup-winning teams to motivate players during training sessions.

"If the players believe in themselves that they can win the world cup, nothing can stop them from achieving the goal," Tuikabe, the Army 7s coach, said.

"They just need to have the right vibes and train harder than before."





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