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Strong 7s finish

Emoni Narawa
Friday, April 18, 2014

BEN Ryan is looking for a strong finish at the final leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Scotland and London.

With three players reclaiming their spots in the 12-member Vodafone Fiji 7s team announced at the Pearl South Pacific Resort Spar in Pacific Harbour yesterday, Ryan said he had based his selection on performance.

Yamacia forward Semi Kunatani, who impressed at the Nawaka 7s last weekend, gets the nod along with Viliame Mata in the forwards while Namosi man Leo Naikasau will be pushing Benito Masilevu for the hooker's position.

Ryan named four specialist forwards in Pio Tuwai, Kunatani, Mata and Apisai Domolailai and will juggle Masilevu and Naikasau in the hooker's position.

He said Masilevu and Naikasau could also provide cover for the backline. The duo play at wing for their respective Lomaiviti and Wardens clubs.

"I'm looking to finish with a bang in Glasgow and London and continuing to build for the next season," the national sevens coach said.

"I have selected four specialist forwards in Viliame (Mata), Pio (Tuwai), Semi (Kunatani) and Apisai (Domolailai) while Lee (Naikasau) is named to provide competition for Benito (Masilevu).

"This is good flexibility and I am looking for a strong finish."

Fiji is drawn in a tough pool at Glasgow. The Osea Kolinisau-captained side plays Argentina, Kenya and Wales in Scotland. The Glasgow tournament is scheduled on May 3-4.

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