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Search for a 7s playmaker

Maciu Malo
Sunday, February 16, 2014

THE search is on for a perfect playmaker to fill the vacuum left by some of Fiji's 7s stars such as Waisale Serevi and William Ryder.

This is according to FRU High Performance Manager John McKee during an interview at the Lomavata 7s tournament held at Lautoka's Churchill Park yesterday.

McKee and national Vodafone 7s manager Ropate Kauvesi have also identified few names to be submitted to national 7s coach Ben Ryan's consideration.

McKee said Fiji 7s needed a talented playmaker to provide the link between the forwards and the flyers on the flanks.

He said the HPU would be working closely with the national 7s officials in trying to identify Fiji 7s missing link.

"It's a one in a generation players that you will find outstanding playmakers such as Serevi and the likes," said McKee.

"You don't get these players every year and what we need to do is to identify players with those types of abilities and put them on some kind of training and develop them so they can really progress.

"It's not only about their skills in catching a pass but their decision-making skills and can perform well under pressure.

"We have got some good strong forwards and good finishers that have been outstanding for Fiji 7s.

"Therefore we have to work on identifying some new talents at playmaker and see where we can practise their skills under pressure situations."

McKee was tight-lipped on some of the players they have selected during the tournament.

"These names will be submitted and discussed with Ben Ryan and we will have our reps to monitor their performances in future tournaments.

"We have identified few talented players today but the search will not stop from here.

"There are other 7s tournaments around the country where we will try and identify the best players to be considered for the national 7s training squad," he added.

Some of the playmakers that have made their mark on the international scene includes Serevi, Ryder, Emosi Vucago, Talebula, Ilai Tinai, Joji Ragamate and Nikola Matawalu.

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