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Viriviri nominated for top 7s award

Rashneel Kumar
Friday, May 09, 2014

DEPARTING Vodafone Fiji 7s speedster Samisoni Viriviri could become the first Fiji player to win the IRB Sevens Player of the Year award.

Viriviri, who is leaving for France to play in the Top 14 competition, is one of the four nominees for the 2014 award.

The others include Kyle Brown (South Africa), Tim Mikkelson (New Zealand) and Tom Mitchell (England).

According to a statement on the irb.com, Viriviri's excellent finishing gave him the nod for the prestigious prize.

Viriviri is also the leading try scorer in the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series.

"In the mould of all the greatest Fijian flyers, Samisoni Viriviri has electric pace and a sharp eye for the line.

"His clinical finishing has helped Fiji to wins in Dubai and Tokyo and he scores at the rate of one try per game, with 48 so far this season."

South Africa skipper Brown was recognised for his "versatility and strength" and being "a fine ambassador of the game".

The reigning IRB Sevens Player of the Year Mikkelson earned his nomination for being "one of the best support players in the game" while Mitchell's excellent kicking puts him in the run for the award.

The outstanding quartet was voted by the management teams of the 15 core sides who compete at all nine rounds of the series.

The winner will be announced after the London 7s at Twickenham this weekend.

Meanwhile, the Osea Kolinisau-skippered Fiji will play Spain in its opening pool match at 8.44pm followed by the match against Japan at 11.50pm tomorrow.

In the final pool match, Fiji takes on Australia at 3.38am on Sunday.

Coach Ben Ryan via Twitter updates said the side was preparing well.

IRB Sevens Player of the Year - Roll of honour

2013 Tim Mikkelson, New Zealand, 2012 Tomasi Cama, New Zealand, 2011 Cecil Afrika, South Africa, 2010 Mikaele Pesamino, Samoa, 2009 Ollie Phillips, England, 2008 DJ Forbes, New Zealand, 2007 Afeleke Pelenise, New Zealand, 2006 Uale Mai, Samoa, 2005 Orene Ai'i, New Zealand, 2004 Simon Amor, England


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