Tabakaucoro For Police Blue
Former Pacific sprint king Banuve Tabakaucoro will play for Police Blue at the 41st Fiji Bitter Marist 7s tournament at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.
Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, Police 7s teams manager Joka Tamaniqio said they would be fielding two teams with 30 young players who are eager to play.
“They will be known as Police White and Police Blue and our preparations are on track,” he said.
“Both Police teams will be competing to win the tournament and try to finish off on top rather concentrating on making the numbers.
“We selected our team five weeks ago where 90 percent of the players in the team are new to the sport and this would be a great opportunity for them to get exposed and develop their rugby skills.”
Tabakaucoro is going to be guided by old hands like former Vodafone Fijian 7s playmaker Livai Ikanikoda, Mitieli Nacagilevu and Manueli Laqai.
Tamaniqio said they had played in some local competitions to prepare for the country’s prestigious 7s tournament.
“We participated in the Uluinikau 7s which was a build-up for the Marist 7s. We are trying to get our players to blend in together in order for them to hit the right combination.”
The Police rugby 7s team have scooped the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s title three times. They first won in 1980 when they thrashed Castaway 26-0 in the final.
The Dominiko Manaseitava led- side came back in 1982 to edge out Ian Duncan coached- Hyatt 18-14 in the final.
Their last win was in 1985 after they dumped Nabua 15-3 in the final.
Over the years, Police have produced top 7s players like Apakuki Nakulanikoro, Ravonu, Manaseitava, Kinivuai Ratuvio, Manasa Sunaki, Sakiusa Tikotani, Tevita Tabalailai, Viliame Lomaloma, Jese Qaraniqio, Jim Demesi, Jim Qio, Marika Nasegai, Severo Koroduadua, Semi Talawadua, Isei Nasiganiyavi, Luke Eranavula, Pita Naruma and the list goes on.