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Macilai impressed at NZ national sevens

Emoni Narawa
Tuesday, January 07, 2014

ANOTHER Fijian is knocking on the New Zealand sevens door and could feature for the men in black in future HSBC Sevens World Series tournaments.

Former Red Rock flyer Jone Macilai was selected in Sir Gordon Tietjens' team of the tournament during last week's National Championship in New Zealand where Auckland defeated Taranaki 26-5 in the cup final.

Macilai starred for Red Rock during the 2012 Coral Coast 7s tournament and again last year impressed for the Ratuve Horse Riding side last November.

Over the weekend, his powerful performance for Northland caught the attention of Tietjens. He was approached by Digicel Fiji sevens head coach Ben Ryan during the Coral Coast 7s tournament, however, the Vanua Levu speedster decided to focus on pursuing a Super Rugby contract.

Former coach Lote Rasiga is pleased with Macilai's achievements.

"He is a quality player and someone who is always eager to learn," Rasiga said.

"His inclusion by Tietjens into his team of the tournament is not by coincidence.

"He is a strong player, the kind of player who can create something from nothing."

Rasiga said Macilai could soon break into the New Zealand 7s side.

"If he maintains his current form, I have no doubt he will be the latest Fijian in the New Zealand 7s team."

Macilai played with Fiji sevens rep Jasa Veremalua during the 2012 Coral Coast 7s tournament where the Qauia-based Red Rock side clinched top honours.