Baber picks our 7s team

THE Fiji 7s team will make its return to the Commonwealth Games after a lapse of 12 years.

Fiji coach Gareth Baber has included only one overseas-based player, Semi Kunatani, in the team for the Commonwealth Games.

“Competition for places in the team was intense as the players fought hard to prove their worth for a spot,” he said in a press release.

“In order to achieve our goal, which is to win the gold medal, I have had to select the best players to represent Fiji.

“We expect competition to be tough at the Commonwealth Games and we’ll ensure that we leave no stone unturned in our preparation to ensure that the boys are physically, mentally and spiritually ready for whatever challenge is thrown at us.”

The squad consists of Jasa Veremalua, Josua Vakurinabili, Paula Dranisinukula, Kalione Nasoko, Jerry Tuwai, Vatemo Ravouvou, Amenoni Nasilasila, Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Mesulame Kunavula, Eroni Sau, Alasio Naduva while Samisoni Viriviri has been named as the 13th man in the team.

Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor said they wanted the players to repeat their 2016 Olympic Games gold medal winning performance.

“I would like to congratulate all the players that have been selected but I would like to stress that there is a huge expectation from everyone,” he said.

The rugby 7s competition will be held from April 13-15 in Gold Coast, Australia. Baber was to have selected his team for the Hong Kong 7s after the final of the Marist 7s last night.

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