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Battle for selection

Rashneel Kumar
Sunday, March 09, 2014

VODAFONE Fiji 7s rep Benito Masilevu is wary of the competition for a place in the national side for the Asian leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series to be held this month.

Several former Fiji 7s reps and some newcomers stood out in the two-day Fiji Bitter Marist 7s tournament that finished yesterday at the ANZ Stadium in Laucala Bay.

Masilevu did not feature in the tournament on advice of the national 7s team management as he is nursing a niggling injury.

However, the Cakaudrove man was present at the tournament and served as the water boy for his Lomaiviti Barbarians team.

Masilevu hopes to make the Ben Ryan-coached team for the Japan and Hong Kong 7s tournaments.

"There are a lot of players out there who are stepping up and we have to step up as well to maintain our place in the team," the schoolteacher said.

"It's not easy given that some former reps are also trying to make a comeback but I hope to retain my place in the team.

"I came to watch this tournament to see who my competitors are and how good they are. There are some really good ones out there so the onus is on us to take our performance to another level."

Masilevu, who plays hooker, will face a tough competition from players such as former skipper Setefano Cakau and Jone Vota.

The duo just returned from playing rugby in Sri Lanka and played for Tabadamu in the 38th Marist 7s.

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