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Cakau ready for 7s job

Arin Kumar
Monday, March 17, 2014

FORMER national sevens captain Setefano Cakau believes he still has what it takes to get the job done on the field.

The 35-year-old was named in the 12-member Vodafone Fiji 7s side for the Asian leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

National coach Ben Ryan said he had faith in Cakau to deliver the good when it comes to crunch time.

The rugged forward featured for Tabadamu in the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s and impressed Ryan with his powerful running and helped his team to the semi-finals of the tournament.

Cakau thanked the Englishman for giving him another opportunity to don the national sevens jumper.

"I thank Ryan for having faith in me and giving me this opportunity and for me personally, it's not a surprise because I have put in the hard work to get back to this level," he said.

"The main reason why I am back here is my fitness level and I have worked really hard to this fitness."

The Nakavika villager from Namosi last played for Fiji in the London 7s last year and also missed out on the Rugby World Cup Sevens.

During his time away from national services, Cakau played rugby in Sri Lanka.

"My time in Sri Lanka was really good. The skill level there and the size of the players is good and they also play running rugby there which was something that helped me return to fitness.

"I know I missed some tournaments and the World Cup after the London 7s but I am back now and I don't think age will be an issue."

He said he had faith in the team to give Fiji what they wanted.

"It's a good mix of seasoned and young players and experience wise most of us have been there and done most of the work.

"And I am sure we can all work together and we can give Fiji the win they want."

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