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Fiji first for Cakau

Rashneel Kumar In Hong Kong
Friday, March 28, 2014

FOR Setefano Cakau representing the country means everything to him.

After failing to make the cut to play in the Rugby World Cup 7s last year, Cakau didn't lose hope and knew he would eventually reclaim his spot.

The former national skipper went to Sri Lanka to play club rugby there and to maintain his form to fight his way back into the team.

Cakau impressed Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan at the 38th Fiji Bitter Marist 7s earlier this month and reclaimed his spot in the side.

Cakau last played in the Happy Valley in 2012 and was dropped from the winning team last year after rupturing a medial ligament in his left knee during training.

"It's always special to be here. This is where 7s rugby started and its every players dream to play in the Hong Kong 7s because this is the heart of 7s rugby," the 35-year-old who plays hooker said.

"The last time I played here was in 2012 and we won that year."

Cakau said he was always available for the country and would continue playing as long as he was needed.

"I will be available for the country as long as they want me to represent Fiji."

Fiji has won the Hong Kong 7s title for the record 14th times followed by New Zealand on 10, Australia (five) and England (four).

The winner of this year's tournament will walk away with US$100,000, runners-up get US$25,000 while the losing semi-finalists get US$12,500 each

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