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Police miss sprint king

Paulini Ratulailai
Saturday, January 13, 2018

THE Police 7s team has set its aim to regain the Mana Whey Fiji Coral Coast Sevens title next week.

The lawmen won the tournament back to back from 2015 to 2016.

Assistant team manager Suliano Tevita said the team would miss South Pacific sprint king, Banuve Tabakaucoro and some key players.

"This is was the beginning of a new rugby season where all strong teams from Fiji come face to face to witness who will be the next champion," Tevita said.

"We continued our training after the Raka 7s and we participated in some local tournaments to get the boys in the rhythm.

"We have some players who played in 2015-16. We're grateful to the Commissioner of Police for supporting the boys.

"We have a bunch of new players who need exposure even though we don't have the services of our national reps such as Apete Daveta, Eroni Sau and Banuve Tabakaucoro. We are grateful to our senior players who stepped in, such as Keponi Paul. Livai Ikanikoda will lead our boys."

Tevita said the priority was to get the players into the system and try to win the tournament.

They will select their final 13-member squad next week. The tournament starts with the Uprising Youth 7s next Wednesday followed by the Na Iri tournament for women's rugby from Thursday to Friday and the men's Mana Whey competition, which ends on Saturday.

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