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Nasoko's 7s race

Waisale Koroiwasa
Friday, May 19, 2017

YASAWA flyer and Vodafone Fiji 7s player Kalione Nasoko in one of the frontrunners for World Rugby Sevens Rookie of the Year award.

World Rugby reported he had been one of the nominations ahead of the last round of the series.

In one of his outstanding performances this year, Nasoko, who scored two tries to give Fiji a sure victory over the Blitzbokke, was named man of the match in Hong Kong.

Nasoko made his international debut for Fiji in last year's Dubai and South Africa 7s.

Alongside him is fellow Fijian and New Zealand playmaker Vilimoni Koroi, and Argentina's Matias Osadczuk, who all impressed in their debut year.

The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony after the tournament in Twickenham.

The report said: "USA's Folau Niua will play in his 50th series tournament this weekend while his team-mate Perry Baker will be hoping to secure top try scorer for the series when it's announced in London. Baker, who has notched up 49 tries, currently leads England's Dan Norton by four in the chase for top try scorer."

Meanwhile, Japan's Siosifa Lisala took the DHL Impact Player of the tournament award in Paris.

He recorded 16 tackles, seven breaks, five off-loads, 23 carries and a total of 51. The impact player for the series is still all up for grabs heading into London for the final event.

It was reported the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2016-17 was already taken by South Africa after their win in Paris.

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