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Former skipper wishes well

Maciu Malo
Friday, January 31, 2014

FORMER national 7s skipper Vereniki Goneva has sent his good wishes to the national 7s team ahead of the upcoming Wellington 7s.

Goneva, who plays in the English rugby power house Leicester Tigers, boosted the players' morale when he showed up at Nadi Airport to farewell Ben Ryan and his boys.

The Nagado, Nadi, native said the boys deserved the support of the fans as they embark on this important 7s assignment.

"I wish the boys well in Wellington and I am confident they will do well there," said Goneva.

Goneva was the captain of the Fiji 7s team that won the Hong Kong 7s in 2009. The team also had the services of 7s skipper Osea Kolinisau under the guidance of then coach Iliesa Tanivula.

He said the boys had the potential and the material to make amends in Wellington.

Goneva is in the country for a short break from his busy rugby season.

The 29-year-old flyer has been in top form for Leicester which has the services of some top England 15s players.

Recently he was the first choice outside centre for his team following injuries to England centre Manu Tuilagi.

He scored a wonderful individual try in his first English Premiership game against Worcester Warriors and a week later he started at his preferred position at 13 and scored another brilliant try against Bath.