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Veremalua to lead

Pravin Narain
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

OLYMPIAN Jasa Veremalua will captain the Fiji 7s team to the Silicon Valley 7s International Rugby Tournament which will be played in San Francisco Bay area in the USA this weekend.

The side will be coached by Saiasi Fuli.

"We have been preparing with the team which went to the Central Coast 7s in Australia last weekend and it is all part of the buildup towards the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series," Fuli said.

"We are also preparing the team for the Pacific Mini Games.

"We are splitting the teams into two to expose the players, who are the development players in the extended squad, to have the taste of the international 7s competition."

Fuli said top players Kalione Nasoko, Banuve Tabakaucoro and Isake Katonibau had been ruled out of the tournament.

"There are three major components of our objectives — to maintain the continuity of the passing, the individual tackles and the efforts of the players on the field where they need to keep working hard," he said.

"Kalione, Isake and Banuve are all on the rehabilitation program and recovering from the injuries so they will not be able to be part of the team."

Fiji departs for USA tonight.

Team: Jasa Veremalua, Josua Kurinabuli, Leo Naikasau, Alofosio Rauto, Manueli Ratuniyarawa, Anare Tevita, Amenoni Nasilasila, Emosi Mulevoro, Nacanieli Batina, Asesela Ratudamu, Netani Vakayalia. Coach Saiasi Fuli, manager - Mark Drown, trainer - Naca Cawanibuka, physio - Rinesh Lal

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