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Warden Tipped For London Debut

Warden Tipped For London Debut
May 17
11:00 2017

Wardens Gold forward Josua Kurinabuli could be making his debut for the Vodafone Fijian 7s team at the London Sevens this weekend.

This was after Mesulame Kunavula was ruled out yesterday because of a knee injury. Kunavula was the third top try scorer in the Paris Sevens with five tries.

TV commentator Rob Vickerman during last weekend had highlighted that the Nadroga forward was one of the contenders for the 2016/17 World Rugby’s Rookie Sevens Player of the Year.

Kurinabuli joins Paula Dranisinukula, Samu Bale, Glen Cakautini and Kalione Nasoko as they make their London Sevens debut.

Vodafone Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber took the players for check-up with a chiropractor in London yesterday before they had their afternoon training run.



The Springbok Sevens team set themselves the goal at the beginning of the season to be competitive and try to win all 10 tournaments of the World Rugby Sevens Series. To neglect that aim after nine tournaments just because the series title is in the bag, would be foolish and detrimental to their team values.

This is the opinion of the most experienced player in the Blitzboks squad, Chris Dry, who was speaking ahead of this weekend’s the London Sevens.

Dry is adamant that the Springbok Sevens team’s only mission is to win the final tournament of the season.

“We have arrived in London from Paris and now we start from scratch again,” said Dry, who has notched up 292 matches in 61 tournaments thus far, scoring 90 tries for 450 points for the Blitzboks.

“We are really looking forward to this one, as some of the pressure is now off, with the series won. We are delighted about having won in Paris, not only the tournament, but also the series. The focus will now move firmly to this last one. We wanted to play ten good tournaments, so we are not there yet.”

The Blitzboks also want to use the last bit of momentum they picked up during the season, which saw them win five tournaments and play in eight finals.

“We want to finish it well, we owe it to ourselves to go out with a bang. We still have some work to do,” said Dry.

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