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Lagiloa On A Mission

Former Fiji 7s manager Epeli Lagiloa is on a mission to recruit new players for his Tokatoka Dragons Lagiloa revealed that major progress had been made regarding the establishment of
09 Sep 2014 10:12

Former Fiji 7s manager Epeli Lagiloa is on a mission to recruit new players for his Tokatoka Dragons

Lagiloa revealed that major progress had been made regarding the establishment of an academy.

“We’re making a change in the name from Tokatoka Westfield to Tokatoka Dragons in line with the Pacific Dragons,”Lagiloa said.

“Right now we’re in the second phase of our service and we’re really focusing on bringing in secondary school students with many of our players moving on. Three of our biggest players, Pio Tuwai, Samuela Saqiwa and Waisea Nacuqu are committed to the national 7s side.

“Vanuatu native Kunro Kalo, Joseva Tuisova, former Ratu Navula College student Apisalome Waqatabu and Senivalati Ravouvou are all in France so our resources are exhausted and that’s why we’ve undertaken a recruitment drive to major secondary schools.

“We went to Ratu Kadavulevu School, Queen Victoria, Lomaivuna Secondary, Lelean Memorial  and John Wesley College as well as a visit to Dravo Village. We’re just trying to give these students the best possible start to their future in rugby.

“We have plans to secure land for the academy but everything is still under wraps right now.

“We have won 16 major 7s tournaments around the country including the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s but we have yet to win the Coral Coast 7s.

“If we were to win it, we would come full circle on the local 7s circuit so we’re working towards that goal.

“We’re currently liaising also with Caranat Marketing in Hong Kong through manager Jon Phelp for the Pacific Dragons which former All Black Tana Umaga is the head coach, Sakaraia Labalaba and Aisea Tamani are the Fiji based agents and will work with us on this.”

Lagiloa acknowledged the support he had received so far from Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer Radrodro Tabualevu.

“I’m very pleased and so thankful with the support shown by the FRU CEO after I spoke with him  about my proposal. He believes in the cause and has been most encouraging about the endeavour we’re undertaking.”

Lagiloa has confirmed the participation of two teams for this year’s Bayley’s Coral Coast 7s with a planned collaboration with 7s maestro Waisale Serevi.

“We are planning to field two teams for this year’s Coral Coast 7s in Tier I and II.

“We’re also teaming up with Waisale Serevi, who is bringing two teams so we may have our players fill up his second team.”

Lagiloa added a trial is expected to be held in the coming week for all the players recruited so far and the best making the cut would feature in the Coral Coast tournament.

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