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Cakau Gone

Setefano Cakau is the latest Vodafone Fiji 7s player to sign a contract in Sri Lanka after the Fiji Rugby Union could not afford the money to keep him. Vodafone
06 Nov 2014 12:59
Cakau Gone

Setefano Cakau is the latest Vodafone Fiji 7s player to sign a contract in Sri Lanka after the Fiji Rugby Union could not afford the money to keep him.

Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan said they tried to keep Cakau but in the end the money was just not there.

“We tried to keep him and match the amount that was offered in Sri Lanka but we couldn’t and as a result we lost Cakau.” Ryan said. While it is a sad loss, this did not come as a shock to Ryan as Cakau was very transparent with him about everything. “Cakau was very open about everything with me which I really appreciated and that is something you would expect from a man of his calibre, he did not just disappear,” Ryan said. “I tried to find the money in order to keep him but I couldn’t and we will always have this problem until we have the money to keep these players but we have given players contracts so that’s a starting point. Cakau who leaves next week joins Apisai Naqaliva, Sanivalati Ramuwai, Pio Tuwai, Samu Saqiwa and Joeli Lutumailagi who have all taken up contracts in Sri Lanka.

Doors still open: Ryan

Eleven players from the Vodafone Fiji 7s team which won the Gold Coast 7s have been offered contracts. But the door is still open for potential players who will be taking part in the Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast Sevens in Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka next week.

“If someone plays so well and I can’t ignore him then of course and the door is open,” Ryan said.

“If someone plays opposite to our national reps and takes them to the cleaners than I obviously have to think about that.”

For now, the worry for Ryan is that players remain injury free after the Coral Coast 7s.

Fitness week

With the ANZ Ratu Sukuna Bowl and Central Coast 7s finished, Ryan is pleased to have a full camp this week where will be concentrating on players fitness levels. “It’s good to have a proper week where there are no distractions, no Sukuna Bowl, Central Coast Sevens or Singapore Sevens, and nice to have everyone here,” said Ryan. “They are all a bit battered from the Ratu Sukuna Bowl which took a lot out on all of the boys so Manueli Laqai, Apisalome Waqatabu and Isake Katonibau are all injured but you got to expect these things. I want to make sure they are all getting personal bests in the fitness testing; half the squad got personal bests yesterday which is brilliant.” The teams scoring ability and defence have improved compared to previous years. “On our attack, we scored more points as a winning team in the Gold Coast than any teams in eight years.“The Singapore 7s in 2006 was last time when the Fiji team scored more points in six games. So we are obviously scoring a lot,” Ryan said.

“Our defence is better than it has been for a good many years as well. So we are just building on that, there is still a bit of a lack of understanding in both areas and the technical side of things but things take time.”

The Vodafone Fiji 7s team are preparing for the leg of the 2014-2015 HSBC World Seven Series in Dubai on December 5-6 and Port Elizabeth, South Africa on December 13-14.

Feedback: justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 

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