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Just Make Two Changes: Tuikabe

    Former national 7s rep Jope Tuikabe supports Vodafone Fijian 7s coach Ben Ryan’s plans on players’ combinations for next year’s Rio Olympics. The 2016 Rio Olympics will be
23 Dec 2015 13:23
Just Make Two   Changes: Tuikabe
Jope Tuikabe

 

 

Former national 7s rep Jope Tuikabe supports Vodafone Fijian 7s coach Ben Ryan’s plans on players’ combinations for next year’s Rio Olympics.

The 2016 Rio Olympics will be held next  August.

Ryan earlier stated that he would give first chance to local players in the island for the spot to Rio and the lanky Tuikabe also agreed the current squad will be able to bring positive results for Fiji.

“These players have been working really hard throughout the season and they deserve a spot to Rio.

“I personally think that we should maintain these local boys and just bring in two overseas-based players one on the wing and one forward,” Tuikabe said.

Tuikabe picks duo Samisoni Viriviri and Leone Nakarawa to be part of Rio 7s squad.

“We can only bring in two overseas based players like Viriviri to increase the speed and forwards Leone Nakarawa.”

First round of series in Dubai

and Cape Town

Tuikabe commended the player’s gallant performance in Dubai winning the title beating England 28-17 in the main cup final.  The Fijians failed to maintain consistency in Cape Town and went down to win the plate defeating USA 29-19.

“We thank the boys for the great win from Dubai but the problem in Cape Town is that they slack down and were not cautious on their task.

“All teams in the series are stronger now and no team is a weak team. Everyone wants to win and Fiji should respect that. If Fiji wants to win in Rio they will need to prepare well starting from this sevens series.”

 

Edited by: Anasilini Ratuva

Feedback:  justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj



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