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Test for local referee

Rashneel Kumar
Sunday, March 09, 2014

UPCOMING referee Kaveni Talemaivalagi is preparing for his first international fifteens assignment.

The International Rugby Board 7s assistant referee has been appointed to officiate in the Junior World Rugby Trophy in Hong Kong next month.

Talemaivalagi used the two-day 38th Fiji Bitter Marist 7s tournament at the ANZ Stadium as build-up to this upcoming tournament.

"I have been appointed as the referee to officiate in the JWRT and I'm looking forward to this challenge.

"This is my first international 15s assignment and I'm thrilled with this achievement," the Buliya, Kadavu native said.

"This is a blessing for me really because I took up refereeing just for the love of the sport."

Talemaivalagi is Fiji's second top referee after James Bolabiu.

The 24-year-old schoolteacher has so far officiated in the Gold Coast and Wellington 7s (twice) tournaments in the HSBC Sevens World Series.

"It's very hard to get release from school to attend the weekly tournaments so I try to attend the ones I can and also train on my own to keep fit," he said.

"Also with the Super Rugby season on, I watch the games to keep myself updated with the rules.

"I also watch the games I have officiated to see what areas I can improve on."

Thirty-six match officials which include referees, assistant referees and substitution managers were part of the Marist 7s tournament.

Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan was impressed with the standard of officiating in the two-day tournament.

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