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Tuwai: 7s For Me

With the remaining rounds of the World Sevens Series tournaments cancelled, Fiji Airways Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber has given the green light for players to join provincial teams to get game time.
07 Jul 2020 11:18
Tuwai: 7s For Me

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s rep and Olympian Seremaia ‘Jerry’ Tuwai will not follow fellow teammates by taking part in the Skipper Cup Premiership which kicks off on July 25.

Instead, the 2019 World Rugby 7s Player of the Year will focus on preparing for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan next year.

With the remaining rounds of the World Sevens Series tournaments cancelled, Fiji Airways Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber has given the green light for players to join provincial teams to get game time.

Team captain Meli Derenalagi, Terio Tamani, Livai Ikanikoda and Alasio Naduva are training with Suva.

“I believe I won’t play in the Skipper Cup Premiership because I have to prepare well for the Olympic Games,” Tuwai said.

“I’ve experienced all of these building up to the 2016 Rio Olympics. If we are thinking of defending the gold medal, we need to put in more effort and hard work.

“All the teams will come out firing and it’s going to be tough but I believe we can do it again.

“Some of my teammates have registered to play for Suva but I will stick to sevens rugby for the time being.”

Tuwai is looking forward to play in the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s and other local tournaments.

“If it eventuates, I’m surely going to play in the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s,” he said.

“Playing at the 7s tournaments will also help in improving my game.”

Fiji Bitter 7s Series

Meanwhile, plans are underway to stage a Fiji Bitter 7s Series competition.

Marist Rugby Club president Lawrence Tikaram said the ultimate goal is ensuring growth of sevens rugby.

“Last year we talked about the Fiji Bitter 7s Series so we are thinking of launching that series in consultation with all stakeholders,”Tikaram said.

Edited by Osea Bola

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