Kuridrani rates new players

Wallabies centre Tevita Kuridrani assists the Ratu Filise team during the 42nd Fiji Bitter Marist 7s tournament at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on Saturday. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Wallabies centre Tevita Kuridrani assists the Ratu Filise team during the 42nd Fiji Bitter Marist 7s tournament at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on Saturday. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

WATCH new rugby 7s sensations Eroni ‘Sledgehammer’ Sau and Alasio Naduva explode in the Commonwealth Games, says one of the best Fijian Test rugby players, Tevita Kuridrani.

The Namatakula-born flyer made the comments while watching the 42nd Fiji Bitter Marist 7s in Suva last weekend.

He was part of his village’s Ratu Filise team.

The Wallabies and Brumbies player spoke highly of the Fiji 7s team named last Saturday to play in Gold Coast, Australia.

“Watch Fiji explode,” the 50-Test player said.

“Coach Gareth Baber has selected a tough team for the Commonwealth Games with the inclusion of Semi Kunatani and Samisoni Viriviri. They are a big boost to the side.

“And also watch newcomers Eroni Sau and Alasio Naduva stamp their mark at Gold Coast.

“I watched them play in Hamilton, New Zealand and the other 7s tournaments in the World Rugby Sevens series. They are sensational and they have proved themselves. They both deserve to be in the squad.”

He said Fiji was a team that everyone wanted to watch since our Olympic Games gold medal win in 2016.

Fiji is among Australia, South Africa, England, New Zealand, Canada, Wales, Kenya, Samoa, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, Uganda, Sri Lanka, Jamaica, Malaysia and Zambia in the games.

Kuridrani said more local 7s tournaments should be introduced to expose, develop and monitor players.

“These kind of tournaments are where we will see new young talents and they need to be monitored and developed.”

Fiji 7s squad: Mesulame Kunavula, Kalione Nasoko, Josua Vakurinabili, Jasa Veremalua, Semi Kunatani, Paula Dranisinukula, Seremaia Tuwai, Vatemo Ravouvou, Amenoni Nasilasila, Eroni Sau, Alasio Naduva, Sevuloni Mocenacagi and Samisoni Nasagavesi Viriviri (13th man).

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