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Emoni Narawa
Friday, April 18, 2014

APISAI Domolailai celebrated his 25th birthday with his inclusion in the Vodafone Fiji 7s team for the London and Scotland tournaments.

Domolailai was caught off guard as he was hosted to a surprise birthday reception by staff of The Pearl South Pacific Resort during the Fiji 7s team naming at Pacific Harbour yesterday.

Also making their Easter weekend a special one were towering forward Viliame Mata, Yamacia strongman Semi Kunatani and Wardens speedster Leo Naikasau, all of whom reclaimed their spots for the final leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series this season.

Domolailai said he could not ask for anything better as a birthday wish than to be included in the Ben Ryan-coached side.

"I was surprised by the birthday reception," Domolailai said.

"When we left the team camp, I only thought we were here for the team naming but to be hosted in such a special way is something I'll cherish and I thank the hotel staff for their hospitality."

The occasion presented Domolailai with an opportunity to reminisce about his boyhood upbringing by his grandparents.

"I thank God for reaching this special day. I know I went through struggles but with the help of my grandparents I endured the hardship to be here in the national team.

"I thank the team management for trusting my potential and giving me another chance to represent Fiji for the first time in London and Scotland."

Coach Ryan said the trio of Naikasau, Kunatani and Mata proved their worth to reclaim their spots in the national side.

"I pick players on form and the Nawaka 7s provided me with good opportunities with some of the boys with some of the good forwards with Mata and Semi.

"It's good consistency and fighting spirit within the forwards and like I said, I'll pick on form."

The Scotland 7s kicks off on May 3 with Fiji drawn in Pool C with Wales, Argentina and Kenya.

Fiji 7s: Apisai Domolailai, Benito Masilevu, Donasio Ratubuli, Emosi Mulevoro, Leo Naikasau, Osea Kolinisau, Pio Tuwai, Samisoni Viriviri, Semi Kunatani, Vatemo Ravouvou, Viliame Mata, Waisea Nacuqu.

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