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Dropped players still confident

Maciu Malo
Friday, January 24, 2014

DROPPED national 7s reps Mosese Mawalu and Waisea Nacuqu are optimistic the national side will deliver the goods expected of them in this weekend's Las Vegas tournament.

Mawalu and Nacuqu were members of the winning Fiji 7s team that thumped New Zealand 44-0 in last year's Dubai 7s semi-final before defeating South Africa in the final to win its first ever Dubai 7s title since the inception of the IRB 7s series 15 years ago.

Despite being omitted from the 7s team for the Las Vegas tournament, the duo feel they are still part of the team and hope the side has what it takes to win.

They said the guidance of Ben Ryan had quickly reaped benefit as evident in Fiji's 11 out of 12 wins during the Dubai and South Africa 7s tournaments last year.

"This team is one of the best to leave our shores and I am confident they will make the people of Fiji proud," said Nacuqu.

"They are a bunch of talented players guided by a great mentor and together they form a formidable combination that can topple the top teams in world 7s series.

"I wish the boys all the best during the tournament and I am hopeful they will rise to the challenge as expected by the fans."

Bukuya flyer Mawalu said the side had prepared well during the two weeks of training in Suva.

He said despite the tough competition in the pool stages, he was confident of Fiji doing well.

"The boys have trained hard in Fiji and I am confident of a good outing this weekend," said Mawalu.

The duo has called on the people of Fiji to support the team through prayers as they begin their campaign against Scotland tomorrow.