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Back for 7s

Maciu Malo
Friday, May 16, 2014

FRANCE-based rugby player Joji Ragamate is aiming to secure a spot in the national Vodafone 7s team for the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

The former national 7s playmaker said he was looking forward to battle against the top 7s players in Fiji for a spot in the national 7s team at the HSBC IRB 7s series next season.

Ragamate said securing a spot in the national 7s team would be a mammoth task with the abundance of talented players in Fiji.

The US Dax flyer who plays in the France Pro D2 competition arrived into the country yesterday in his bid to reclaim his spot in the national 7s team.

"Playing at the Olympics has always been my dream," said Ragamate.

"I have planned not to return to France but to try and win my spot in the Fiji 7s team for the new IRB 7s season.

"I know of the challenges ahead of me but I am here for a mission and I will do all it takes to win back my spot."

The Cakaudrove lad said he had declared his intention in an e-mail to national 7s coach Ben Ryan.

He also commended the effort of the 7s players at this year's IRB series.

"I had informed Ben of my intention and the onus was on me to meet the standard required by the coach.

"But again one of the biggest challenges is to battle against the boys in the current Fiji 7s squad.

"I am not new to challenges and I will do my best to fulfil my dream of playing at the Olympics."

He said he had learnt a lot of rugby lessons while in France and was ready to showcase his talent against the best 7s players in the land.

Ragamate last played for Fiji at the Rugby Sevens World Cup in Russia where the side bowed out to eventual winners New Zealand in the semi-final.





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