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U18 7s named

Rashneel Kumar
Friday, July 11, 2014

BEN Ryan believes the Fiji under-18 rugby side has a good chance of winning gold medal in the 2014 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Nanjing, China next month.

Fiji will be represented in rugby 7s, athletics, swimming, hockey and weightlifting at the games which will be held from August 16 to 28.

The Fiji U18 7s side which will compete against Japan, France, Argentina, Kenya and the US is favoured to win the country's first gold medal in the youth version of the prestigious Olympic Games.

Yesterday, the Fiji Rugby Union through Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) released the names of the players who will represent the country in the YOG.

Seventeen-year-old Waisea Daroko is one of the familiar names in the team which will be captained by Ratu Epeneri Vulakauvaki Uluiviti.

Daroko, who is a Year 13 student at St John's College on Ovalau, was part of the Vodafone Fiji 7s training squad.

Ryan, who will be coaching the side, said he was looking forward to the challenge.

"Of course the team has been out together without any tournament time so we will be learning and improving in each game in the tournament," said the Fiji 7s coach.

"It's a brilliant opportunity for some of our young players to experience a big event like the Youth Olympics and travel overseas and deal with all the distractions.

"I've yet to meet the team so haven't worked with them on the pitch yet but I'm sure I'll enjoy coaching them and putting them through their paces and giving them a small slice of the work needed to play at that level."

Team Fiji

Fiji U18 7s - Ratu Epeneri Vulakauvaki Uluiviti - Capt, Alipate Wate Qaraniqio, Eminoni Naqionitoga Vuidravuwalu, Filipe Nasilasila Qoro, Josaia Cokaibusa, Navitalai Navuni Ralawa, Joseva Vaughan Sadreu Rauga, Timoci Love Tawake Meya, Semi Tubacule, Waisea Vasuitoga Daroko, Sailasa Christa David James Powell, Filimoni Nawabalavu

Athletics - Keasi Naidroka (100m), Kayla Yee (100m)

Hockey - Lala Ravatu - Capt., Adi Wainikiti Naselesele - V.Capt., Lora Bukalidi, Tiara Dutta, Taraivini Bennion, Temo Pasemaca Tikoitoga, Ro Lavenia Ratumaimuri, Ro Miriama Silatolu, Ateca Tinaisalasalavonu

Swimming - Meli Malani (50m Freestyle, 50 Breaststroke, 50m Butterfly)

Weightlifting - Poama Qaqa 62kg, Ulina Saqone 53kg

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