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Eyes on Emosi

Rashneel Kumar
Thursday, March 20, 2014

EMOSI Mulevoro has been picked as one of the seven players to shine in this weekend's Tokyo 7s in Japan.

Nippy Mulevoro is one of the key men in the Vodafone Fiji 7s side for the two-day tournament which starts on Saturday.

Coach Ben Ryan is expected to use him either in the playmaker or half-back positions in the Asian leg of the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series which will end with the Hong Kong 7s next weekend.

Television broadcaster and IRB 7s commentator Nigel Starmer-Smith rated Mulevoro along with Tim Mikkelson (New Zealand), James Rodwell (England), Cameron Clark (Australia), Frankie Horne (South Africa), Diego Palma (Argentina) and Zack Test (USA).

"There are some exceptionally promising talent among Ben Ryan's Fiji squad with Samisoni Viriviri, Benito Masilevu or Semi Kunatani shining examples, but Emosi Mulevoro, with eight tournaments to his name, is already destined to be an outstanding star," Starmer-Smith told IRB.

"He has blinding acceleration from a standing start, magnificent skills and the pace of William Ryder. He's also a competent goal kicker, with 33 conversions this season."

Coach Ryan said Mulevoro had been enjoying an excellent season and playing very well and with confidence.

"If he's on form, that's great and the key now is to have everyone playing to their potential and playing as a team," he told Times Sport yesterday.

Ryan said the players were adapting well and looking forward to the tournament.

"It's colder than we are used to but once you start training you soon heat up.

"Played England yesterday (Tuesday) and that was good, worked well for both teams. Been in the gym both mornings so far and rugby training ago this afternoon (yesterday)."

Fiji will play France at 1pm before taking on the United States at 4.18pm and then Samoa in its final pool match at 8.52pm on Saturday.

Fiji 7s team: Apisai Domolailai, Jasa Veremalua, Pio Tuwai, Setefano Cakau, Benito Masilevu, Emosi Mulevoro, Waisea Nacuqu, Vatemo Ravouvou, Donasio Ratubuli, Osea Kolinisau, Samisoni Viriviri, Leo Naikasau.

Head Coach - Ben Ryan; Team Manager - Ropate Kauvesi; Team Physiotherapist - Jennifer Khalik.


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