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Dere to meet Matawalu

By WAISEA NASOKIA Digicel Fiji 7s coach Alifereti Dere will hold talks with Glasgow Warriors scrum half Nikola Matawalu this week in Scotland. Matawalu has been eyed alongside other overseas-based
30 Apr 2013 10:38
Nikola Matawalu

Nikola Matawalu

By WAISEA NASOKIA

Digicel Fiji 7s coach Alifereti Dere will hold talks with Glasgow Warriors scrum half Nikola Matawalu this week in Scotland.
Matawalu has been eyed alongside other overseas-based players including Biarritz’s Seremaia Burotu, Leicester’s Vereniki Goneva, Stade Touloussain’s Timoci Matanavou, Bordeaux-Bègles Metuisela Talebula, and Stade Francais’ Waisea Nayacalevu to represent Fiji to the Rugby World Cup 7s in late June.
The no-nonsense coach wants to hear from the horse’s mouth after reports stated that the scrumhalf opted to focus on his 15’s career.
“We will arrive in Scotland and will meet Nikola Matawalu. I have heard a lot but the purpose of meeting him, is that I want to hear it from his mouth,” Dere said.
He stressed that the final leg of the 2012-2013 HSBC World Sevens Series was critical for the team performance during the 2013 Rugby World Cup 7s.
“We have to compete consistently in this leg as to lay down a platform for the Rugby World Cup. This is also the testing ground for the players who want to be in the World Cup team.”
Exeter Chief’s winger Watisoni Votu is likely to be plucked in for the Russian job.
“When we come back from this last leg then we will discuss the players for the World Cup squad,” Dere said.
Fiji has won the Melrose Cup twice in 1997 and 2005 under the leadership of 7s maestro Waisale Serevi.
Meanwhile, the team was hosted to a farewell dinner reception at Sheraton Fiji Resort on Denarau Island on Sunday night.



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