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Fijians ready for 7s show

Maciu Malo
Wednesday, November 08, 2017

THE two All Blacks 7s Fijian players are looking forward to showcase their talents in front of their home fans.

Flyer Jo Ravouvou and new kid on the block Jona Nareki are expected to play an instrumental role for New Zealand at the Oceania 7s to be held at the ANZ Stadium on Saturday.

Nineteen-year-old Nareki said the pressure was on him to perform well in front of his home fans.

He said he was honoured to be named in the All Blacks 7s team.

'It's a new environment and its good to be in the All Blacks 7s squad, ' said Nareki.

"The pressure is on me to play well in front of my home fans and I am looking forward to the competition."

His fellow countryman Ravouvou echoed similar sentiments.

Ravouvou, who last tasted victory with the Lelean Memorial School during the Deans rugby a few years ago, is keen to display his skills for his home fans.

"I am keen to showcase my talent in front of my home fans and I am calling for our fans to come out in huge numbers and support the team," he said

"I will do my best to convince the coach for a spot in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and I am looking forward to the challenges."

Meanwhile, seasoned campaigner Tim Mickelson is excited about his first game in Fiji.

He also rated the Australian as one of the top teams in the competition.

"This is a new team and this will be our first tournament but it should be good.

"Australia has been good after winning the two tournaments and it will be interesting.

'Also we are looking forward to have our fans supporting us during the competition.

Other notable names in the All Blacks 7s team include Joe Webber, Scott Curry, Isaac Te Tamaki, Regan Ware, and Stone Molia.

The 7s competition starts on Friday.

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