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Fiji Airways Fijian 7s assistant coach Saiasi Fuli (left) works with Sakeo Railoa at Albert Park, Suva, on February 12, 2018. Photo: Peni Komaisavai
February 13
15:59 2018

Ratu Filise utility back Leveni Tani gets 7s call while veteran forward Isake Katonibau is expected to make a comeback   

Robust Police rugby 7s winger Sakeo Railoa and Ratu Filise utility back Leveni Tani are the two new inclusions to the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s extended training squad.

This was confirmed by head coach Gareth Baber during an interview with SUNsports yesterday.

Railoa who played for Penrith Panthers Under-20 team in the NRL was in impressive form during the Mana Whey Fiji Coral Coast 7s tournament where he was named the tournament’s Best Player and received the Campese-Serevi medal.

“We have seen him play at the Coral Coast tournament, I’m always looking out for good talent and he gets an opportunity to come into the training squad,” Baber said.

He added that they would be assessing him during their training sessions.

“And we want to have a look at his qualities and see if he fits into the squad moving forward.”

However, Baber highlighted there was no way of predicting or guessing the chances of Railoa getting into the team yet or whether he would be featuring in the next leg of the World Sevens Series.

“I cannot tell you exactly because we have not seen him train yet so until the time I actually see him train and get to know him a little bit more. I will see if he fits into the squad.”

Baber said he needed more time before he could comment on Railoa’s chances of making the final squad.

“Maybe at the end of the week then I will be able to know that.”

Also, joining Railoa, is Leveni who is the son of former Fijian rugby international Vili Tani and nephew of former national sevens star Noa Nadruku.

Leveni last year played for Fassifern Bombers in the Ipswich Cup’s rugby league competition in Brisbane, Australia where he was the top scorer.

Meanwhile, SUNsports understands that veteran sevens forward Isake Katonibau could be a surprise inclusion in the national sevens training squad to play in the next leg of the World Sevens Series in Las Vegas and Vancouver.

 Edited by Leone Cabenatabua





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