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Tuwai in race

Zanzeer Singh
Wednesday, November 01, 2017

JERRY Tuwai, while earmarked for being the Fiji Airways 7s captain in the upcoming World Rugby Sevens Series, has been short-listed as one of the three nominees for the 2017 World Rugby Men's 7s Player of the Year award.

Tuwai, 28, is named alongside Perry Baker of the United States of America and Rosko Specman of South Africa.

Tuwai returned home on Monday after leading the Fiji Barbarians team which lost to Australia Gold 19-17 in Central Coast 7s cup final on Sunday.

Tuwai said the final's loss during the Central Coast wasn't the result they wanted but were happy with the overall performance of the boys.

"This trip was all about exposure and team bonding," he said.

"There are many captains in the team because each player has a role to play. We have been sharing the load. The captaincy for the world series has not been decided. I will give my best if selected as captain."

National coach Gareth Baber said Tuwai led by example both on and off the field.

"Captaincy is not just about taking the field," Baber said.

"It is about how you create the behaviour and discipline around the players when they are off the field and Jerry is very good at that.

"He has led by example at all times on the field as well, so there is a good balance.

"I have talked a lot about the group progressing and Jerry is going to be a big part of that."

The World Rugby Awards, meanwhile, will be held at the Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo on November 26.

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