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Youngster out to impress

Rashneel Kumar
Thursday, March 06, 2014

SEVENTEEN-year-old Christer Powell will be making his debut in the 38th Fiji Bitter Marist 7s for Uprising this weekend at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

Team manager James Pridgeon said the sixth former of Rampur College was one of their upcoming players.

He said they would field a relatively young side with few old hands leading the charge in the two-day tournament starting tomorrow.

Pridgeon said they hoped Powell would catch the attention of Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan, who would be on the lookout for players for the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games.

Powell, who will play at rover, has been training with the Pacific Harbour-based team since last year.

"He comes from a non-rugby playing school so he hasn't featured in the Deans. This is his opportunity to catch the attention of the selectors and we hope he impresses them," Pridgeon said.

"The average age in the team is 20 years. There are two players who are 17 years old, two 18 years and three 19 years.

"We also have Waisea Nayacalevu's younger brother, Anasa, playing for us."

France-based Nayacalevu, who is in the country, will not feature for his former club because of a contractual agreement which forbids him to play for any other club.

"He is also flying out to re-join his club this weekend."

Uprising is pooled with Babale Rugby Team Yasawa, Stone Clock Rugby Club-Ra and New Born Waibasaga.

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