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Wardens for Central Coast 7s

By ANASILINI RATUVA Digicel Fiji 7s assistant coach Timoci Wainiqolo aims to score another win at the Central Coast Sevens in Australia next week. Four members of the Digicel Fiji
20 Oct 2012 10:14

The Tuamotu family of Bryce Street when they hosted the Wardens players with Digicel Fiji 7s reps Ilai Tinai (sitting middle) with Alipate Ratini (sitting right) and coach Timoci Wainiqolo (kneeling back with garland) in Raiwaqa last night. Photo: VUNIWAQA BOLA

By ANASILINI RATUVA

Digicel Fiji 7s assistant coach Timoci Wainiqolo aims to score another win at the Central Coast Sevens in Australia next week.
Four members of the Digicel Fiji 7s team who defended the Gold Coast 7s last week are included the Wardens team.
They are Alipate Ratini, Lepani Botia, Ilai Tinai and Joji Ragamate.
Speedster and Fiji Warriors’Niko Verekauta will not be part of the tour party.
“Verekauta was supposed to travel with us but he is away in Tonga and coming back on Saturday (today) and if he lodges his visa it will be too late,” Wainiqolo said.
The Bua man said the Wardens team have been preparing well even before the Gold Coast Sevens and are ready for the battle.
“We have strength both in the forwards and in the backline. All  our Digicel Fiji 7s team trump cards Ragamate, Botia and finisher Ratini will be part of this tour and I’m sure Australia will watch fantastic rugby once again.
“People will be looking forward to meet us in Australia as they will want to see the Fijian flair again,” Wainiqolo added.
The tour is a reward for their winning the Coral Coast 7s in Sigatoka last year.
Coral Coast 7s chairman Jay Whyte had an agreement with the Central Coast 7s organisers that the winner of the Coral Coast 7s will take part in their tournament and vice versa.
Defending Central Coast 7s champions Sunnybank will take part in next month’s Coral Coast 7s.
The winner will receive AUS$30,000 (F$55,243).
Meanwhile, the Wardens team was hosted to a farewell dinner by Anasa Tuamoto and his family at Bryce Street, Suva last night.
The team will depart for Australia on Tuesday while the tournament kicks off on October 27.




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