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7s testing ground

Arin Kumar
Saturday, March 08, 2014

FORMER national rep Emosi Vucago believes tournaments as big as the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s are good for testing the confidence levels of potential national reps.

He said there are some new players in the extended national sevens team who needed to be tested more in such tournaments before they are taken overseas.

The 30-year-old is back training in the Vodafone Fiji 7s side and he also participated in the Marist 7s for the Digicel Covenant Brothers side.

"I last played in the Marist 7s tournament in 2011 and since then a lot has changed," he said.

"But I love competing here in Fiji and one thing about tournaments like this is that it's a good testing ground for those players who want to play for the national team.

"The tournament is big one, a good ground and in front of a big crowd it will test the character and confidence of a player.

"Once they can perform confidently on this stage, it will not be such a shock to them when you take them overseas because then they will be used to the big ground and big crowd."

The world-renowned halfback said he was glad to be back in the sevens fold in the country and would like to take Fiji back to champion status.

"Even though I was overseas for the past two years, my heart was still in Fiji and I kept checking up on the national team.

"Last year, I heard they lost in the Wellington 7s where they didn't even win the bowl tournament and I thought maybe I should give it another shot.

"God has given me the talent and I would like to once again help the Fiji 7s team win back some titles and return to the top of the HSBC Sevens World Series."

Vucago said he would give it his best shot to help Fiji win if given the opportunity to don the national jumper once again.

"When I came back, I was glad to see my old friends Pio Tuwai and Osea Kolinisau and I know they are working hard with coach Ben Ryan.

"I want to help Fiji and I will do my best to work with them to make sure we win if I am picked to be in the Fiji team again."

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