Rugby

 Police Have Players To Fill Positions: Sotia

“Senior players like Apisalome Waqatabu, Ifireimi Tovilevu and Meli Kuruisaru will not be playing as they need to make way for some four new and development players from the U23,”
06 Jan 2022 16:33
 Police Have Players To Fill Positions: Sotia
Police Blue players and officials after beating Wadigi Salvo at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, on November 12, 2021.Photo: Leon Lord

Defending Fun Flavour Fiji Rugby Super Sevens Series champions Police Blue will not depend on their national reps as they prepare for the first leg of the Fun Flavour Seven Series.

Police Blue is in Pool A with Ratu Filise, Uluinakau and new comers Devo Babaas.

Police Blue’s playmaker Waisea Nacuqu, Joseva Talacolo and Filipe Suguturaga are currently training with the national training squad pre­paring for the HSBC Malaga 7s tour­nament.

Team manager Seremaia Sotia said: “There will be a few changes in both the Police White and Blue teams head­ing into the first leg of the series.”

“There are currently three of our players in the national squad, Josefa Talacolo, Waisea Nacuqu and Filipe Sauturaga.

“We have replacement players from our development squad to fill the spaces.

“We have been advised that once the final team for Spain is selected they will march to camp.

“We don’t have any plans to wait for the announcement because we have players to replace them.

“These are young unknown players who came through the academy, some of them played in the U20’s.

“We tested these players when we played at the Wairiki 7s tournament; and they have proved themselves as top contenders.

“They have been performing con­sistently and as defending champi­ons, it’s not easy to go in and defend the title.

“Our plans for the season is to re­main consistent and continue to lift our good performance.

“We have the experience of Keponi Paul and Suliasi Volivoli to lead from the front.”

Sotia knows the strengths of the oth­er three teams in Pool A.

They have played against Ratu Fil­ise, Uluinakau and Devo and under­stand how they play.

According to Sotia Police White are in the pool of death – Pool B with Rai­wasa Taveuni, Fire and Nawaka.

“Senior players like Apisalome Waqatabu, Ifireimi Tovilevu and Meli Kuruisaru will not be playing as they need to make way for some four new and development players from the U23,” Sotia said.

The other pools are Pool C: Army, Wardens, Eastern Saints and Domin­ion Brothers; Pool D: LAR Barbar­ians, Tabadamu, Wadigi Salvo and Stallions.

Feedback: simione.haravanua@fijisun.com.fj

 



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