Four New Faces

Four new players have been named in the Vodafone Fiji 7s squad that will feature in the 2014 HSBC-IRB Gold Coast 7s next month. Announced by coach Ben Ryan yesterday,
23 Sep 2014 12:56
Four New Faces
Recycling on the Go Ambassadors of Jai Narayan College. Photo: Pacific Recycling Foundation

Four new players have been named in the Vodafone Fiji 7s squad that will feature in the 2014 HSBC-IRB Gold Coast 7s next month.

Announced by coach Ben Ryan yesterday, Apisai Naqaliva, Emenoni Nasilasila, Sanivalati Ramuwai and Savenaca Rawaca will make their international debut in Brisbane.

And Ryan was confident with his selection and in the abilities of the new additions to the squad.

“All of these new players have been outstanding during training and they’ve been at the forefront of fitness and up-skilling from Day One so they were early standouts,” Ryan said.

“Emenoni has just been incredible throughout the process.

“He’s great for the position of rover and is adaptable across the field so he’s a diverse talent and he’s putting pressure on Osea (Kolinisau) and Emosi (Mulevoro). He’s in fact on par with Osea and that’s what is expected in a team for there to be constant striving.

“He’s even ousted Waisea (Nacuqu) and Vatemo (Ravouvou) from their spots. I’m a big fan of these and their talents but they’re not on the same standard of fitness as Emenoni and they know they have to work harder if they want to achieve that.

“Sanivalati has excellent, long striding ability and also strong in defence so he’s well-rounded. Rawaca is strongly built and is also an efficient runner and was quite outstanding throughout training;  keeping in the upper levels of fitness so he’s also well-secured in his spot.”

Ryan also expressed his confidence in Isake Katonibau and BLK Nadroga powerhouse Apisalome Waqatabu who are returning to the 7s scene.

“Ice (Isake Katonibau) has gone above and beyond my expectations. The way a player handles themselves when they hit the ground tells me everything I need to know about them. I’m pleased to say that Ice doesn’t take very long to get back off the floor with it.

“His approach reminds me of the style of play by Setefano (Cakau) and Nasoni (Roko). They just point straight ahead and go for it full force. He also asks questions and isn’t afraid to call me out or point out if he disagrees with something, which is what I want.

“I don’t want 12 players who just nod their heads and raise their brows without asking any questions. As a coach I like to be challenged and Ice brings that out in me and that’s why I think he’ll make a great addition to the team,” Ryan said.

“Apisalome has been most outstanding for Nadroga throughout their season and in the HFC Bank Farebrother Challenge. He brought that same spirit and earnestness to the team so he’s definitely earned his spot on the team as well.”

The full two 12-man squads for the Gold Coast 7s and Oceania 7s are listed below:

Gold Coast 7s:

Apisai Domolailai, Semi Kunatani, Jasa Veremalua, Setefano Cakau, Isake Katonibau, Apisai Naqaliva, Emosi Mulevoro, Osea Kolinisau, Emenoni Nasilasila, Sanivalati Ramuwai, Savenaca Rawaca, Apisalome Waqatabu.

Oceania 7s:

Manueli Laqai, Eremasi Radrodro, Viliame Mata, Sitiveni Waqa, Apimeleki Mocekula, Jone Qorovarua, Seremaia Tuwai, Waisea Nacuqu, Vatemo Ravouvou, Nasoni Roko, Isikeli Vuruna, Niko Verekauta.



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