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Viriviri out

Maciu Malo
Friday, September 08, 2017

FLYER Samisoni Viriviri has been dropped from the Vodafone Fiji 7s training squad.

This was confirmed by coach Gareth Baber during the team's training run at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka on Wednesday.

He was part of the Fiji 7s team that won the rugby 7s gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Baber, however, didn't want to disclose the reasons behind Viriviri being dropped.

"Samisoni is not part of the squad and the reason is between me and him," he said.

Baber further stated prominent 7s players needed to work hard to retain their spots as there were many talented new boys in the squad that have also been working hard.

Viriviri, with national reps Apisai Domolailai, Jasa Veremalua, Vatemo Ravouvou, Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Amenoni Nasilasila and Josua Vici recently helped the Savu Water 7s team to win the Rugby Town title in the US.

Nasilasila and Domolailai were back training with the national 7s training squad while Ravouvou, Mocenacagi and Veremalua are expected to join later this week.

Baber said the rest of the players were expected in camp this week.

"It is important they come back healthy and put together their games to hold on to their positions because they are going to be challenged and that is what I want as much as possible," he said.

"We have many new faces in the team and we need to give every player the opportunity and to put pressure on those that have played in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

"It's all about form."

Baber said the side would undergo three weeks of intense running after successfully completed eight weeks in the gym.

Meanwhile, the Fiji 7s team will also miss the services of another flyer in Josua Vici who has secured a rugby contract — joining former Fiji 7s captain Osea Kolinisau in the United States.

With two of the top wingers with Kolinisau out of contention this year, the onus is for Nacanieli Labalaba, Banuve Tabakaucoro, Batinisavu Uluiyata, Lelean Memorial School student and Coca-Cola Games bronze medallist Netani Vakayalia and other new boys in the training squad to contest to the position.

Mocenacagi, Kalioni Nasoko and former rep Leo Naikasau are other players in the training squad that can feel the vacuum on the flank.

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