One of a kind

Leone Nakarawa with Fiji 7s fan Arti Prasad during the Fiji team’s meet and greet at the One Market restaurant in San Francisco, USA yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

FIJI Airways Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber has praised the effort shown by Leone Nakarawa during training sessions and rates the Kadavu man as one of the players to watch in this weekend’s Rugby World Cup Sevens.

He said the European Rugby best player had fitted well in his 7s puzzle after naming him in the final 12-member team.

Baber said Nakarawa could do anything on the field that no other player could do.

“We talked with Leone and he knows what we wanted to do within the game,” he said.

“He has a particular ability to do something better than anybody else – such as carrying the ball, off-loading and winning kick-offs.

“He is always causing problems to the opposition and I have spoken to him about his role in the team.”

The Rio Olympics Fiji 7s gold medallist would form a lethal combination with Semi Kunatani, Kalione Nasoko, Jasa Veremalua, Paula Dranisinukula and Sevuloni Mocenacagi in the forwards.

With Nakarawa and Kunatani leading the charge up-front and rugby superstars Semi Radradra and Josua Tuisova in the backline –– the Fijians will be the team to beat in San Francisco.

The side have adapted well in San Francisco after two weeks of high altitude training in Utah.

Fiji will play the winner of the Japan versus Uruguay game in the do or die pool game.

A win for Fiji will see the side battling either Canada or Argentina in the quarter-final and a possible semi-final clash with Australia or defending champion New Zealand.

The side last won the Melrose Cup in 2005 and will be chasing another piece of history by becoming the first team to win the world cup on three occasions.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s team will face Spain in their do or die pool game.

A win will see the Iliesa Tanivula-coached side facing Rio Olympics gold medallist Australia in the quarter-final.

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