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15s or 7s

Arin Kumar
Thursday, May 23, 2013

NATIONAL reps have been given the opportunity to decide whether they want to play fifteens or sevens.

This was after players such as Watisoni Votu and Nikola Matawalu were named in the Flying Fijians and the national 7s team that was due in camp yesterday.

Also, the coaches of the two sides Inoke Male and Alivereti Dere are working together to discuss the schedules and availability of the players.

The 7s side is preparing for the Rugby World Cup 7s that will be held in Moscow, Russia later next month while the 15s team is preparing for next month's Pacific Nations Cup and against the Classic All Blacks.

Fiji 7s team manager Semi Rogoyawa confirmed the local players were all in camp at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Nabua including overseas-based Watisoni Votu.

Flying Fijians team manager Meli Nacuva confirmed all players from the 35-member squad except Sionasa Vunisa, Saula Radidi, Netani Talei and Nikola Matawalu were in camp at Crow's Nest Resort along the Coral Coast.

"The coaches are working together to ensure the players are given the opportunity to explore options in both codes," he said.

Rogoyawa confirmed Dere was discussing with Male on Matawalu and Votu's availability. "The coaches are working on that and we will see what happens. As of now, all the players are supposed to be in camp."

He said some of the overseas-based players would join the team later this week or early next week. "He (Votu) is the only one here, Metuisela (Talebula) is in the country but hasn't come in yet and Joeli (Lutumailagi) is also in the country but hasn't come in because of family commitments.

"(Seremaia) Burotu and the others (overseas-based players) are yet to come."

The national 7s team will be in camp until Friday where they will be sorting out documentation and registrations of the players.

"This camp is for administration purposes only. There are some new players and we are getting their documents sorted out.

"This is the world cup we are preparing for and we need to fill out everything and send it early."

He said the training camp would be held next week.





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