Paris calling

The 'Beast' Semi Kunatani. Picture: FILE

THE “Beast” Semi Kunatani will add to Fiji’s power-packed team that romped over South Africa in Twickenham when they take on the best in the world in Paris this weekend. Fiji Airways Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber also confirmed speedster Samisoni Viriviri and wily Tabadamu playmaker, Apenisa Cakaubalavu, will add might to the team in this crucial leg, the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series decider. Kunatani last played for the Fiji side during the Commonwealth Games in April.

Baber said 2018 European Player of the Year Leone Nakarawa was yet to confirm his availability for Fiji to the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco next month.

“Olympic gold medallist Leone Nakarawa will go back to Fiji for the Test series,” Baber explained.

“He is still a bit of a question mark with regards to the (Sevens) World Cup. “I’d love to have him involved, but we’ll have to see whether it’s right for him, right for his club and right for Fiji as well.”

Meanwhile, Semi Radradra, who finished as Player of the Final at the London 7s in Twickenham, is now paying back some of the investment the Fiji Rugby Union made back in 2011 when he played as an 18-year-old in the Junior World Cup in Italy and then in the opening three legs of the HSBC 7s Series in 2012.

As an up-and-coming talent, the former Vatukoula centre looked destined for Test rugby with the Flying Fijians, only to be suddenly pinched by NRL side Paramatta Eels, who ghosted in with a contract while other interested parties hesitated.

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