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Top players to play for Tabadamu in Kenya 7s event

Arin Kumar
Friday, June 20, 2014

FORMER and current national sevens reps have come together to form a team which would take part in the Masaku 7s tournament in Kenya next week.

Former stars Joeli Lutumailagi, Jone Vota and Sitiveni Waqa will join forces with current national reps Vatemo Ravouvou and Donasio Ratubuli for the tournament.

Another member of the current national side, Leo Naikasau, will manage the team at the tournament.

The players were brought together by ardent sports fan and Fairtrade boss Pravin Chand.

"The team will be known as Tabadamu and it will be coached by Jale Waqa who holds an IRB trainers certificate," Chand said.

"I am paying for the expenses of the team while CK Ezy Buys will supply the kit for the team.

"It costs about $3000 per person for the travelling and the tournament and 13 of us will go from here."

The remaining players in the team are from Nadroga and Chand is expecting a good outing at the tournament.

"I think this is the first team from Fiji that will compete in Kenya and since Fijian sevens and its players are known all over the world, I am sure we will put on a good show," Chand said.

"The players have been camping and training together for some time now and they are not short of experience.

"They have competed overseas before and most of them have played on the HSBC Sevens World Series so they know what the game is all about and they know what a tournament is all about."

The side leaves the country on Wednesday and the tournament will be played from June 27 to 29 at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

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