Exciting 7s prospect

Die-hard Fiji fan Esi Mulase Veilawa (right) takes a selfie with Semi Radradra (left) and Josua Tuisova with her children in London. Picture: Supplied/ Esi Veilawa

It isn’t every day that we get to see our national sevens rugby side at a chiropractic clinic.

Fans are used to seeing the team at training sessions leading up to a leg of the World Rugby 7s series.
If our big name players aren’t in a swimming pool going through drills, they are at a park polishing up line-out moves or attack and defence formations.
National coach Gareth Baber has focused on recovery it seems.
Counting down the days to the London 7s this weekend, Baber is pretty optimistic.
Indications are actually high that Baber is going to name two of our superstars of French rugby, Josua Tuisova and Semi Radradra, in this weekend’s assault at the London 7s.
If all things fall into place, the powerful Tuisova could be running out on the wing this weekend, inside the blockbusting Radradra at rover.
The mere thought of the duo turning out this weekend is already inching out excitement among Fiji fans.
Baber said the duo could also be part of the national team to the Rugby World Cup 7s in San Francisco next month.
He still had not named his 12-member squad for this weekend’s event when this edition went to press last night.
The fact that we are leading the series with 145 points followed by South Africa at 141 points and New Zealand at 120 points, means all eyes will be on us this weekend.
Given that the battle is quite close between us and the Blitzbokke for top honours, there is definitely going be a high level of excitement and expectation.
South Africa needs to win both tournaments in this European leg to be the world champion for the second year in a row.
We need to win one and be a finalist in the other to end our season on the highest pedestal.
Baber knows that will mean us staying focused and heading into the event this weekend in the right frame of mind.
We are pooled with New Zealand, Scotland and Argentina.
There is no doubt about the impact the expected inclusion of Tuisova and Radradra is having on Fijian fans.
The challenge though for Baber is to get them to fit in well with the set-up he already has.
However, the prospect of watching two of our most powerful players in the French rugby competition running out for us this weekend is certainly something to look forward to.
Go Fiji, go.

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