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2017 Wellington And Sydney 7s Team Named

2017 Wellington And Sydney 7s Team Named
Osea Kolinisau
January 19
17:46 2017

The Fiji Rugby Union has released the names of the Vodafone Fiji 7s team that will represent Fiji at the 2017 HSBC World 7s Series in Wellington and Sydney.

The selection sees five players from the Fiji Baabas 7s Team that played in the recent SUDAMERICA Tournament forcing their way into the side.

Mesulame Kunavula and Nacanieli Labalaba will make their debut, while Kalioni Nasoko, Amenoni Nasilasila and Alivereti Veitokani make a return to the side.

Retained from the last leg are Jasa Veremalua, Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Setareki Bituniyata, Nemani Nagusa, Jerry Tuwai, Osea Kolinisau, Samisoni Viriviri and Joeli Lutumailagi.

Vatemo Ravouvou who missed out on the first leg of the tournament has also been named in the team.

Vodafone Fiji 7s Coach, Gareth Baber said that the players from the Fiji Baabas 7s team deserved to be selected as they played really well and impressively.  He also congratulated the two debutants in the team.

“We believe that we have selected a very good team which has a mixture of experienced and youthful players.  I am confident that the team will do well in both tournaments.”

“Some of the senior players are still recovering from injury and will be considered for the next leg once their rebab has been completed.”

FRU CEO, Mr John O’Connor congratulated the players on their selection.

“I would like to congratulate you on your selection especially the two debutants.  However, I would like to remind the team that you face a huge challenge in both tournaments.”

 

“All eyes will be on the team as you take the field because you now have a new coach.  But be reminded that this is the same as any other tournament only a different venue and the game plan does not change.  So go out there play to the best of your ability and make Fiji proud.”

The FRU also confirmed that apart from the players undergoing rehab, those that were not selected have been released to play for their clubs in the Coral Coast 7s this weekend.

“This is yet another exciting time for us, as all Fijians are eager to know the Vodafone Fiji 7s representatives for Wellington”, said Vodafone’s Chief Executive Officer Pradeep Lal. Vodafone is proud to be the name behind the team and is supporting them all the way.

“I would like to congratulate all the boys for making it to the Gareth Baber led team bound for New Zealand. Last year was a magnificent year of wins and victories and I encourage our team to keep the momentum going with their hardwork and commitment as we cheer for you loud and proud.”

“Our best wishes to our Vodafone Fiji 7s team, coach Gareth Baber and the officials.”

“With our partners, we will continue to empower and support the boys through our joint sponsorship to bring more glory for our country.”

 

The FRU CEO and Vodafone Fiji 7s Coach has urged all Fiji fans to continue to pray and support the team as they finalise their preparations before they depart our shores on Tuesday.

The Selected players are:

  1. Jasa Veremulua
  2. Sevuloni Mocenacagi
  3. Setareki Bituniyata
  4. Nemani Nagusa
  5. Kalioni Nasoko
  6. Mesulame Kunavula
  7. Jerry Tuwai
  8. Vatemo Ravouvou
  9. Osea Kolinisau (C)
  10. Alifereti Veitokani
  11. Amenoni Nasilasila
  12. Samisoni Viriviri
  13. Nacanieli Labalaba
  14. Joeli Lutumailagi

 

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