Nine New Faces For Dubai

Coach confident as he unleashes his Series debutants this weekend.
26 Nov 2021 11:05
Nine New Faces For Dubai
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s lanky forward, Joseva Talacolo, will be our go-to-man at the restarts in this weekend’s Dubai Sevens tournament. Talacolo is making his debut in the HSBC World Sevens Series. Photo: Oceania Rugby

Nine players are making their debut for the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team in this weekend’s Dubai Sevens tournament.

Playing in their first international tournament, are Jeremaia Matana, Iowane Teba, Iowane Raturaciri, Daniele Yaya, Filipe Sauturaga, Tevita Daugunu and Panapasa Qeruqeru.

Lanky forward Joseva Talacolo and Kaminieli Rasaku played in June’s Oceania Sevens tournament in Townsville, Australia, and are now playing in their first World Series tournament.

The only experienced players in the squad are captain Josua Vakurinabili and Waisea Nacuqu, who were members of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games gold medal winning team.

Interim head coach Saiasi Fuli is confident that his debutants are going to deliver the goods this weekend.

They take on France in their pool opener at 8.22pm today.

“This is a tricky first game against the unpredictable French but we are ready to go out and play rugby,” Fuli said.

“This is why we are here to play sevens rugby. The players are ready to be unleashed and show what they are capable of.”


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