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Fiji Airways Fijian 7s captain Seremaia Tuwai slips through a gap as Semi Kunatani and Waisea Nacuqu are caught napping in defence during training in Hong Kong on April 5, 2018. Photo: Kitione Rokomanu/Zoom Fiji
April 06
11:00 2018

Rugby fans across the country have been urged to support the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team in this weekend’s Hong Kong Sevens tournament.

Speaking to SUNsports last night, Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor said head coach Gareth Baber has named a strong 12-member squad.

“The players have trained well,” O’Connor said.

He pointed out the players not included are Sevuloni Mocenacagi who is recovering from flu, Jasa Veremalua and Apenisa Cakaubalavu.

O’Connor confirmed that the 13th player is utility back Waisea Nacuqu. He will only play if one of the players is ruled out with an injury.

 

7 FIJIANS FOR NZ

Seven Fijian players are in the 13-member New Zealand squad for the Hong Kong Sevens.

According to World Rugby, the players are Rocky Khan, Luke Masirewa, Joe Ravouvou, Salesi Rayasi, Jona Nareki, Akuila Rokolosea and Amanaki Nicole.

The Kiwis are in the same pool with Fiji, Samoa and Russia.

 

BUILDING MOMENTUM

With the Sevens Rugby World Cup in San Francisco, just over 100 days away, USA will be aiming to make their mark in Hong Kong and build from their Cup-winning form in Las Vegas last month.

“The competition is as intense as ever,” said USA coach Mike Friday.

“Ultimately it’s about which teams deliver on the pitch in front of an electric atmosphere. When you get the opportunity to play in Hong Kong, you grab it with both hands.”

Meanwhile, hosts Hong Kong will look to improve from last year’s qualifying competition and captain, Ben Rimene is hoping training with the likes of Fiji has got them set for the event.

“We moved into the hotel yesterday and had training with Fiji last Saturday which has given us an idea of the level that’s required, so we’re settling in well,” he told World Rugby.

“We’ve done the training so we’re just fine-tuning everything so we can get stuck in this Friday.

“Playing in front of a home crowd there’s always going to be pressure, but we just have to take it as motivation and accept it, we know what’s expected.
“The crowd is always supportive no matter what the results are. We know they want a win and we’re hoping we can deliver that.

Edited by  Osea  Bola

 

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