Fiji Time: 4:24 PM on Wednesday 5 August

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Lutumailagi embraces challenge

Rashneel Kumar
Thursday, March 27, 2014

ROBUST Joeli Lutumailagi knows the expectation from the Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan and the people of Fiji in this weekend's Hong Kong 7s.

And the Nadroga man is ready to put his body on the line to ensure Fiji successfully defends the title in So Kon Po this Sunday.

Lutumailagi was called in as a replacement for Leo Naikasau after failing to make the cut for Tokyo 7s in Japan because of a back injury.

Coach Ryan will be using the former France-based player on rover and is hoping his inclusion will strengthen the side in both attack and defence.

Samu Saqiwa is the other new addition to the team for Hong Kong 7s replacing Jasa Veremalua.

Veremalua, Naikasau and some other Fiji 7s squad members are playing in the Hong Kong Tens tournament.

"I'm looking forward to the games this weekend. The last time I played here was in 2012 and we won and I will try my best this weekend so we can retain the title," Lutumailagi said.

Lutumailagi last featured for Fiji in the 2011/12 HSBC Sevens World Series.

He joined French club Narbonne in 2012 but suffered a neck injury at the start of the Rugby ProD2 2012/13 session.

After recovering he went on to play rugby in Sri Lanka.

Lutumailagi returned home for the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s and played for Tabadamu in the tournament.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62540.6064
JPY 59.479156.4791
GBP 0.30400.2960
EUR 0.43520.4232
NZD 0.73020.6972
AUD 0.64490.6199
USD 0.47590.4589

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 5th August 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Right track
  2. Fisheries official identifies deep see creature
  3. Shaheen clears the air
  4. Miscommunication leads to short supply of medicine
  5. Plans to make maths compulsory
  6. Marist ready for Deans semi-final against Lelean
  7. Cane drivers unhappy
  8. FHCL in the spotlight
  9. Parliament guide book
  10. No bail for McGowan murder accused

Top Stories this Week

  1. Sex trafficking source Thursday (30 Jul)
  2. Teary farewell for trio Friday (31 Jul)
  3. PM cuts off rumours Tuesday (04 Aug)
  4. Possible delay in military farewell, Tikoitoga busy Monday (03 Aug)
  5. No say over lease Friday (31 Jul)
  6. Commander resigns Sunday (02 Aug)
  7. Mind game Monday (03 Aug)
  8. World cup dream for Lockington Monday (03 Aug)
  9. Opposition agree to acting post Monday (03 Aug)
  10. Professional decision Tuesday (04 Aug)