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7s Reps Play In HK10s

7s Reps Play In HK10s
42nd Marist Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens top scorer. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
March 31
11:00 2018

Defending champions UBB Gavekal have included five contracted Fijian 7s players in their squad for 33rd GFI HKFC 10s which will be held on Wednesday and Thursday.

Winger Samu Bale returns to Matt Clar­kin’s side after scoring four tries in the GFI HKFC 10s last April, a month before he made his World Rugby Sevens Series debut in Paris.

The 25-year-old is joined by fellow Sakeo Raloa, Leveni Kurimalawai and forwards Keponi Paul and Vasikali Mudu, who made his World Sevens Series debut in Las Vegas in February.

Last year, Bale and three other Fijians Lemeki Tulele, Josua Vici and Glen Cakau­tini scored 12 tries between them as UBB Gavekal defied their 11th-seed status to win the Bill Burgess Cup for the first time.

Jean-Baptiste Aldige, UBB Gavekal’s team manager, said: “It’s great to have Samu back and we know he’s in good form because he just finished top tryscorer at the Fiji Bit­ter Marist 7s in Suva. Leveni played rugby league in Australia last year and is now back in Fiji.

“Raloa is the big plus. This guy is on the ra­dar of many European clubs and was MVP of the Coral Coast Sevens in January. This time, we also have a couple of forwards, Ke­poni and Vasikali, so we’re grateful to Fiji Airways Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber again for these players.”

Samurai International’s all-Fijian squad includes former Fiji captain Emosi Vucago and 2016 Olympics gold medallist Masivesi Dakuwaqa.

The other players are Sainivalati Ramu­wai, Sitiveni Waqa, Livai Ikanikoda, Eroni Mawi, Joeli Veitayaki, Necani Nawaqatabu, Rusiate Matai, Inoke Tuisese, Luke Lutuna­vanua, Malakai Volau, Daniele Tabuakuru, Meli Kurisaru and Vatiliai Tuisabeto.

The team aim to win their first title under the leadership of Nasoni Roko.

HKFC 10s

Pool A: UBB Gavekal,, Classic Wallabies, A-Trade Overseas Old Boys, Hunter + Boo East Africans;

Pool B: Turkish Airlines Penguins, Projecx Waterboys, Irish Vikings, Natixis HKFC;

Pool C: Tradition YCAC, King’s College, CCIG Tigers, Devil’s Own Shanghai Silver Dragons;

Pool D: Samurai International, Kir Club Pyrenees, Taikoo Place Scottish Exiles, Sed­bergh School OB.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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