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Leo wins top gong

Arin Kumar
Monday, December 09, 2013

NATIONAL sevens rep Leo Naikasau was named the Player of the Year at the Wardens Rugby awards night on Friday.

Naikasau's performance for the Fiji Corrections Services side impressed Englishman Ben Ryan who named him in his side to the second leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series for the Dubai and the Nelson Mandela Bay 7s tournaments.

Vetaia Tiko was named the most improved sevens player while Marika Tuiwawa was the most improved 15s player.

The most disciplined sevens player award went to Savuloni while the most disciplined 15s player was Joeli Tuberi.

Some of the other Wardens players who have gone on to represent the national side on the world stage are Seremaia Burotu, Levani Botia, Ilai Tinai, Joji Ragamate, Setefano Cakua and Sakiusa Nadruku.

One upcoming player in the side who hopes to one day play on the world series is secondary schools sprint champion Beniamino Maravu.

The side's biggest achievement this year was winning the FIJI Water Centennial International 7s tournament in October after beating Argentina 19-10 in the final.

Chief guest at the awards night was Lieutenant Colonel Ifereimi Vasu who encouraged the players to give a better performance next year.