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7s vacuum

Maciu Malo
Thursday, August 28, 2014

VODAFONE national 7s coach Ben Ryan is confident of finding the perfect player to cover for 2013-2014 IRB 7s Player of the Year Samisoni Viriviri in this season's IRB 7s series.

The no-nonsense Englishman, who was at the national 7s fitness test in Nadroga yesterday, said he had identified seven players from his 41-member training squad to fill in the shoes of the Nadi speed merchant Viriviri.

"I was chatting to Viriviri this morning saying I was a little bit worried about finding some cover for him but I think I have found five or six wingers that will be training in camp next week. They are all useful and good," said Ryan.

"I think it is the same for rover and hooker, we have a good depth in the squad and it's about getting the right combination and getting the fitness required to keep the momentum going into the Gold Coast 7s."

Some of the 7s players who will contest for Viriviri's spot in the national team are evergreen Nasoni Roko, Isikeli Vuruna, Apisalome Waqatabu, Niko Verekauta, Joeli Lutumailagi, Mosese Mawalu and Jerry Tuwai.

Ryan said he was satisfied with the depth of players in his training squad that would also cover for France-based rover Donasio Ratubuli and hooker Benito Masilevu.

He said the squad would be reduced today and fans should expect a mixture of experienced and new players.

"We have got some good rovers and hookers in the squad that would cover for Benito and Donasio.

"You will see some boys that have been around for a long time that I have reintroduced and also some new guys to be in camp next week.

"I am picking them on form and it should be a good mix with one or two players from overseas coming into camp next week."

Players who are expected to fight for the rover position are Nadroga's Savenaca Rawaca, Aisea Katonibau, Ilai Tinai and Eroni Sau.

41-member squad: Pio Tuwai, Samuela Saqiwa, Viliame Mata, Jasa Veramalua, Apisai Domolailai, Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Semi Kunatani, Sitiveni Waqa, Setefano Cakau, Leo Naikasau, Nasoni Roko, Jone Vota, Emosi Mulevoro, Emori Waqa, Waisea Nacuqu, Jerry Tuwai, Vatemo Ravovou, Emenoni Nasilasila, Osea Kolinisau, Setefano Rasekaia, Sanivalati Ramuwai, Emosi Vucago, Joeli Lutamailagi, Apisalome Waqatabu, Jone Qorovarua, Katonibau, Apilameki Mocekula, Vuruna, Mosese Mawalu, Eremasi Radrodro, Ilai Tinai, Levani Kurimudu, Eroni Sau, Luke Navuwai, Sailosi Rabonaqica, Savenaca Rawaca, Ropate Labalaba, Apisai Naqalevu, Niko Verekauta, Sunia Vosikata, Keponi Paul





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