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Labalaba to lead Daveta's campaign in Ireland event

Maciu Malo
Wednesday, August 06, 2014

UPCOMING playmaker Ropate Labalaba is expected to stamp his mark on the world scene for Daveta at the World 7s in Ireland this weekend.

And the national Vodafone training squad member is likely to become the next playmaker for the Ben Ryan-coached 7s team soon.

Yamacia rugby president David Dakuitoga said Labalaba had the quality and talent to man the playmaker position in the Fiji team.

He said the World 7s tournament would be a good exposure for the Navosa player to showcase his talents against some of the best 7s players in the world.

"I am fortunate to have him in my side, he's got many things we need a leader to have and a playmaker to have in our team," said Dakuitoga.

"He is a cool headed person, he is very patient when it comes to pressure, he waits for that perfect moment to make his move.

"I have appointed him to captain our side in most tournaments and he always leads by example.

"He does things technically for the team during pressure situations and with more exposure and experience he will be one of Ben Ryan top playmakers now or in the near future."

Dakuitoga said Labalaba's exposure at the world 7s would benefit his rugby career.

"He's got the mentality to compete at the highest level and he is well developed to take up the task."

Labalaba is one of the six Yamacia players to feature for Daveta at this weekend's world tournament.

Dakuitoga said the bonding of the Yamacia players would help Daveta do well in the tournament.

"As far as team bonding is concerned, I am confident that the six will dwell really well and maximise their performance in terms of their skills."

"And it's going to be a huge factor towards Daveta's campaign at the world meet."

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