Daveta set for Central Coast 7s

FORMER Central Coast 7s champion Daveta 7s team is geared up to stamp its mark at this annual event to kick off tomorrow in Australia.

Inspired by the inclusion of two Rio Olympics gold medallists in playmaker Jerry Tuwai and Nadroga toughman Apisai Domolailai, the side is confident of a good outing.

Daveta rugby operation manager Mark L’Oste-Brown said the team had prepared well for the event.

He said the late withdrawal of Fiji 7s skipper Osea Kolinisau would not affect the players’ morale because he had been replaced by one of the world’s best rugby players in England’s Ben Gollins.

“We have had a very good camp in Sigatoka before leaving where we were able to focus on the team conditioning and start setting up our patterns of play,” he said.

“The CC7s is always a very difficult tournament with a very strong field so we are expecting a tough battle. We are looking forward to some extremely tough games which is what we want to test our junior players.

“While it is obviously a shame not to have Osea with us on the tour we understand that he has other commitments as the incumbent national skipper.

“Having said that though we are confident in the players that we have to get the job done. The addition of Ben Gollings will be a boost to the team and also provide the younger players with some guidance. Obviously Ben has achieved so much in 7s and has a strong relationship with Fiji Rugby 7s so it is great to have him join us.”

Brown said the inclusion of Tuwai, Domolailai and other national 7s reps such as Emosi Mulevoro, Sevuloni Mocenacagi and Sekonaia Kalou was a huge boost to the team.

“It is great to have our national 7s representatives back with Daveta.

“All the boys have played with us before so really are a part of how Daveta operate. Whilst they obviously add to our team on the field their experience is invaluable for helping the less experienced guys handle the stresses of touring and adapting to the different styles of play we use.”

The side is in the same pool with Tabadamu, Australia University and NSW.

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