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Weather worry

Rashneel Kumar
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

THE Vodafone Fiji 7s management is praying for good weather this week so they can resume preparations for the Asian leg of the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series.

With the impending weather conditions in the country, national 7s coach Ben Ryan hopes it will not affect the preparation of the team for the Japan and Hong Kong 7s.

Fiji is pooled with Samoa, France and the US in the Japan 7s which will be held next weekend.

"I'm hoping the wet weather from Tropical Cyclone Lusi doesn't impair training too as we only have a few days together before flying to Japan," Ryan said.

"If we can manage to get a full few days of training in and get most of the squad back on the field then we should be in good shape for our first game in Tokyo."

Ryan named the 18-member squad — which will start training from today at the Uprising Resort — after the 38th Fiji Bitter Marist 7s tournament over the weekend.

He will name his final 12 for Japan 7s on Friday.

"It was obviously pretty competitive to get selected into the 18-man squad and some tough choices have been made and will be made as the squad is trimmed down to 12."

Ryan said Viliame Mata was ruled out through injury and they still had injury concerns with a number of players that would get treated over the coming days before he named the 12 for Tokyo on Friday.

Meanwhile, Ryan has also named 24 players in the extended squad who will be contesting for a place in the final leg of the series.

Japan and Hong Kong 7s squad - Apisai Domolailai (Hideaway Hurricanes), Benito Masilevu (Lomaiviti Barbarians), Donasio Ratubuli (Yamacia), Emosi Mulevoro (Army), Jasa Veremalua (Hideaway Hurricanes), Jerry Tuwai (Marist), Joeli Lutumailagi (CK Ezybuy's Tabadamu), Jona Tuitoga (Covenant Brothers), Leo Naikasau (Wardens), Osea Kolinisau (Covenant Brothers), Pio Tuwai (Tokatoka Westfield Barbarians), Samisoni Viriviri (Police), Samuela Saqiwa (Tokatoka Westfield Barbarians), Semi Kunatani (Yamacia), Setefano Cakau (CK Ezybuy's Tabadamu), Setefano Rasekaia (Wardens), Vatemo Ravouvou (Tokatoka Westfield Barbarians), Waisea Nacuqu (Wardens)

Extended squad - Anare Saurara (Raiwaqa), Apimeleki Mocekula (Yamacia), Apisalome Waqatabu (Police), Asaeli Boko (Wardens), David Batiratu (CK Ezybuy's Tabadamu), Eminoni Nasilasila (Hideaway Hurricanes), Eroni Sau (Red Rock), Iosefo Rasese (Waimanu), John Stewart (Army), Jone Vota (CK Ezybuy's Tabadamu), Ledua Mau (Covenant Brothers), Levani Tani (Ratu Filise), Luke Navuwai (Yamacia), Malakai Nalawa (Tokatoka Westfield Barbarians), Mosese Mawalu (Yamacia), Navitalai Ratulevu (Marist), Ropate Labalaba (Yamacia), Sitiveni Raseka (Wardens), Sitiveni Waqa (CK Ezybuy's Tabadamu), Taione Ravudama (CK Ezybuy's Tabadamu), Ulaiasi Lovu (Ratu Filise), Viliame Mata (Hideaway Hurricanes), Waisale Kuruisaravi (Yamacia), Waqa Robanakadavu (Red Rock)

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