Former 7s player challenges team

FORMER Wainibuka rugby player Vilitati Vasuga is demanding nothing less then a win in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series’ Paris leg this weekend.

Vasuca, 54, said with the inclusion of Waisea Nayacalevu, Josua Tuisova and Samisoni Viriviri, the team should win the tournament with ease.

“Fiji had struggled at most of the tournaments because of the unavailability of a specialist rover. Osea Kolinisau is a specialist winger, but his time is over.

“He is a good player, but his age is catching up. The qualities of a rover should have 100 per cent of guts and have to break the line of defence,” he said.

“We can call wingers a good finishers, if we have a good rover. Fiji will win the tournament with the right position.

“In the past, whenever we win a tournament, we celebrate like Christmas has arrived early.”

Vasuga selected his best seven players also – Jerry Tuwai to start at half back with Vatemo Ravouvou at first five-eighth and Tuisova at rover, Viriviri at wing. In the forwards; Jasa Veremalua, Nayacalevu and Isake Kotinibau.

He had played against brothers Vili, Meli and Vesi Rauluni and also 7s great Waisale Serevi.

He also called on the Ben Ryan-coached players to play well because the country relied on them to bring home Fiji’s first Olympic gold medal.

“When Fiji loses then there is a big problem from everyone and the boys are sworn at.

“Fiji is crazy for rugby and it is like our religion, but we are bad supporters becauser we only want to win and at times we can buturaki (punch) and attack the players if they lose.

“The whole nation wants the Olympic gold medal and I do not know what will happen if we cannot win. It will be a problem. If they cannot win the tournament then the players and (Ben) Ryan can stay in overseas,” he said with a laughter.

“Out of all the teams in the world, God has only blessed Fiji with 7s talents. I urge the boys to give their 100 per cent tackles and do not let the opposition break their line. Anyone comes in their way they should smash them,” he said.

Fiji leads the points standing with 147 points followed by South Africa on 139 and New Zealand on third place with 135.

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