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More big men for 7s

Maciu Malo
Tuesday, March 18, 2014

FIJI is renowned for producing rugby giants on the world 7s scene.

And with the expulsion of lanky forwards Semi Kunatani, Viliame Mata and Samu Saqiwa, there is room for the re-introduction of three more giants.

This weekend Fiji will unleash three titanic players in the mould of Mesake Rasari, Semisi Naevo, Ifereimi Rawaqa, Timoci Wainiqolo, Etonia Nadura, Meli Tamanitoakula, Seremaia Burotu and Leone Nakarawa to name a few.

While the focus being on finding a game breaker at playmaker, national 7s mentor Ben Ryan has opted to reintroduce — Pio Tuwai, Jasa Veremalua and Apisai Domolailai.

Ryan said the inclusion of these huge players would be an asset for Fiji's campaign at the HSBC Asia-leg 7s tournaments.

"Pio, Jasa and Apisai have worked hard to win their spots in the team," he said.

"With these three giants upfront, it has given us enough depth in the forwards and, hopefully, Jasa and Apisai will play better than Saqiwa and Kunatani.

"It's very difficult for me to select forwards who can go forward and have the potential to contest aerial battle and it's great to have three big men.

"Apart from Apisai and Jasa, it's great to have Pio because as we all know he is a game breaker."

Veremalua is ready to form a formidable combination with Tuwai and Domolailai in the forwards.

"Playing with Pio and Apisai in the forwards will inspire me to play well," he said.

"Their presence will challenge me to work hard and to stamp my mark in the forwards."

Veremalua said with the experience of evergreen Setefano Cakau and pacemen Benito Masilevu and Leo Naikasau at hookers, Fiji would have a strong advantage in breaking any opposition's defensive pattern.

He said he would do his best to help win the Japan and Hong Kong 7s titles.





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