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Rashneel Kumar
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

NINE overseas-based players have been named in the Digicel Fiji sevens 30-member squad for the Rugby World Cup (RWC) 7s which will be held in Moscow, Russia next month.

Coach Alivereti Dere and his selectors have also included the players that featured for the national side in the 2012/13 IRB HSBC Sevens World Series along with Naitasiri wing Sunia Kubu and Nadroga rover Ratu Meli Kurinisau as the newcomers.

France-based Seremaia Burotu, Joeli Lutumailagi, Timoci Matanavou, Metuisela Talebula and Waisea Nayacalevu, England-based Watisoni Votu and Vereniki Goneva, Scotland-based Nikola Matawalu and Australia-based Alipate Ratini are the overseas-based players in contention for a spot in the team.

The team will join a three-day camp at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua today.

Fiji Rugby Union is expected to field two teams at the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s tournament next weekend before finalising the team for the world cup which will be held from June 28 to 30.

Meanwhile the newly-elected FRU board has given its full support to the national 7s management.

Board chairman Filimone Waqabaca said their support towards the preparation was that they were not making any "drastic changes" to the team at this stage.

He said they believed in the coach and his staff and were hoping for them to do well at the world cup.

"We are too close, just a month away from the world cup.

"All that we can do from the board side is to show them our support that we are not making any hasty changes," Waqabaca said.

"They have won tournaments where they wanted to and likewise did not perform well when the mind seemed not there but this is world cup and I think a lot is required of this team going into this tournament."

30 Member 2013 Rugby World Squad: Jasa Veremalua, Ulaiasi Lawavou, Lepani Botia, Jone Vota, Setefano Cakau, Nemani Nagusa, Mosese Saunivanua, Sakuisa Gavidi, Ilai Tinani, Emosi Mulevoro, Osea Kolinisau, Samisoni Viriviri, Leone Nakarawa, Donasio Ratubuli, Joji Ragamate, Vilitati Sokiveta, Manasa Nayagi, Manueli Laqai, Vucago Bainitabua, Ratu Meli Kurinisau, Sunia Kubu, Alipate Ratini, Watisoni Votu (France), Seremaia Burotu (France), Joeli Lutumailagi (France), Timoci Matanavou (France), Vereniki Goneva (England), Nikola Matawalu (Scotland), Metuisela Talebula (France), Waisea Nayacalevu (France)