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Focus on Rio

Arin Kumar
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

PLAYERS in the extended Fiji 7s training squad should not be disheartened for not making the cut for the final leg of the 2013/2014 HSBC Sevens World Series.

Team manager Paula Biu said the players were part of the system for a reason and their time would come.

"Last week, Ben (Ryan) worked with the players in the extended squad," he said.

"Ben assessed them and saw what they have to offer at national level."

Biu said the eventual aim was the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio in Brazil and the players should not lose sight of that.

"After this series, our attention will turn to the 2014/2015 series which we know is very important for us if we want to automatically qualify for the 2016 Olympics.

"We want to engage as many players as possible and we are beginning our preparations for that now with this extended squad. "We are starting to identify players that could be in the squad for the next season and so the players from the extended squad are still part of the system."

There is a possibility some players may leave the Fiji 7s team because of overseas contracts and the players from the extended squad would be drafted into the main squad.

Samisoni Viriviri is one of the players who is expected to leave for France after the current series ends next month.

Extended squad: Anare Saurara, Apimeleki Mocekula, Apisalome Waqatabu, Asaeli Boko, David Batiratu, Eminoni Nasilasila, Eroni Sau, Iosefo Rasese, John Stewart, Jone Vota, Ledua Mau, Levani Tani, Luke Navuwai, Malakai Nalawa, Mosese Mawalu, Navitalai Ratulevu, Ropate Labalaba, Sitiveni Raseka, Sitiveni Waqa, Taione Ravudama, Ulaiasi Lovu, Viliame Mata, Waisale Kuruisaravi, Waqa Robanakadavu.

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