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Railoa joins

Pravin Narain
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

POLICE 7s team flyer Sakeo Railoa has been called up by Fiji Airways Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber to join his team preparing for the next leg of the 2017/2018 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Las Vegas and Vancouver.

Baber has described Railoa as a 'powerful player' and future star for the Fiji 7s team.

He scored a hat-trick of tries in the men's cup final of the 2018 Mana Whey Fiji Coral Coast Sevens at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka, last month.

"Railoa has been included in the training squad," Baber said.

"He is a powerful player. He is also a very good player and I want to see him play the way he played in the Coral Coast 7s tournament.

"He could potentially put up his hand for future tournaments."

Railoa is a former Nasinu Secondary School student and a younger brother of France-based Virimi Vakatawa.

He also ran in the Coca-Cola Games 100 metres sprints where he clocked a time of 11 seconds then.

Baber said it would take time for the new players to adjust into the 7s environment.

"There are other couple of players who are coming into the training squad to prepare for the Las Vegas and Vancouver 7s," Baber said.

"The training environment is where we need the players to be first and foremost. I need to take a good look at them before I see them play in the tournaments.

"It does not necessarily mean that they are in for the next tournaments," Baber said .

"It takes players a while to adjust with Alusio Sovita Naduva and Josua Vakurinabili being a good example and getting to understand how it works in the international level and it is a big part of the development for any player."

The players are expected to go into camp today for the training sessions."

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