WHILE injuries maybe be disheartening for some players, it's a blessing for others.
This is true for new Digicel Fiji 7s reps Sunia Kubu and nippy scrumhalf Kelepi Namoua who sustained injuries during the FIJI Water Centennial International 7s tournament at the ANZ Stadium yesterday.
Their sorrow turned into joy for Osea Kolinisau and Tokatoka Westfield Barbarians playmaker Waisea Nacuqu who have been called up to replace Kubu and Namoua for the upcoming Gold Coast 7s tournament next week.
Kubu, who starred for Suva during Farebrother-Sullivan Trophy challenge last month, impressed coming off the bench on day one of the tournament. However, his game time was limited when he sustained a knee injury, opening the door for the experienced Kolinisau to join the team.
Namoua injured himself during the physical encounter against Samoa in the Oceania Championship final, thus allowing Nacuqu to be called up.
Kolinisau and Nacuqu were initially named as non-travelling reserves.
Former Fiji 7s coach Alifereti Dere was impressed with Namoua on day one. National 7s head coach Ben Ryan said it was unfortunate to lose Namoua and Kubu.
"Obviously Kelepi (Namoua) has been starting every game today (yesterday) and then he is out but the two guys (Kolinisau and Nacuqu) who are coming in are both excellent players," Ryan said.
Fiji plays Canada in its opening pool game at the Gold Coast next week.
Ulaiasi Lawavou, Jiuta Takubu, Manueli Laqai (captain), Samuela Saqiwa, Sakuisa Nadruku, Waisea Nacuqu, Vucago Bainitabua, Ilai Tinai, Osea Kolinisau, Donasio Ratubuli, Samisoni Viriviri, Benito Masilevu