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Duo out to impress

Thursday, March 13, 2014

TWO new faces are relishing their moment in the limelight for being selected in the wider Vodafone Fiji 7s training squad for the Asian leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Jerry Tuwai and Vatemo Ravovou are part of the 18-member squad that resumed camp at the Uprising Beach Resort in Pacific Harbour yesterday. Both players are striving to break into the squad and each has his own reason for doing so.

Back in the sevens fold is Tuwai who was named new find of the tournament at the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s last weekend.

The 23-year-old Marist club player was in the extended training squad in 2012 but failed to make the cut.

He said he did not lose hope and continued to strive for success in every other aspect of life but the dream of donning the national jumper never left his mind.

"Since I was dropped from the squad in 2012, I did my best to improve my game and my fitness and attitude so that I could make it back into the squad," the Cakaudrove lad from Buca Bay said.

"I want to thank Ben Ryan for recognising my talent and now I want to prove to him in camp that I am worthy of wearing the Fiji jersey."

Ravovou said his inclusion in the Fiji team would make a difference on the field because of his experience playing with Pio Tuwai, Samu Saqiwa, Waisea Nacuqu and Setefano Rasekaia in the Tokatoka Westfield Barbarians side.

"The combination between us helped us win many tournaments in the past two years I have been with the squad," the 24-year-old said.

"Now that we are all in the Fiji team together, maybe we can show to Ben Ryan the combination, the communication and the connection that we share when we are in the same team."

The Mauira, Naviti native from Yasawa also hopes to learn as much as he can from the senior players in the squad.

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