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Former Telecom Fijiana 7s  reps Litia Naiqato and Luisa Basei would be the trump cards for Stade Rennais as they play against Stade Toulousain in Paris tomorrow. The winner will
19 Dec 2016 11:00
Rocking Paris
Stade Rennais team with Fijiana duo Luisa Basei (front, right) and Litia Naiqato (backrow, 6th from left). Photo: Stade Rennais

Former Telecom Fijiana 7s  reps Litia Naiqato and Luisa Basei would be the trump cards for Stade Rennais as they play against Stade Toulousain in Paris tomorrow.

The winner will book a spot in the top four in the French Championship.

Rennais coach Vincent Brehonnet was impressed with their performances since they joined the club in September.

“I’m really happy about Luisa and Litia’s performances,”Brehonnet said.

“Luisa has already scored six tries in six games, she is really efficient in defence as well. Our team plays against Stade Toulousain on Monday.

Naiqato nicknamed ‘Arnold’ heavy tackles was also commended by head coach Brehonnet.

“Litia is a big tackler and she is pretty good in the lineout and in contesting the kickoffs.”

“They brought new lease of life to the club always smiling and cheerful.

“They are staying here for Christmas with few teammates and Fijian players from Vannes Rugby Club.”

The head coach hopes for the duo to get selected into the Telecom Fijiana 7s squad for the third round of the World Sevens Series in Sydney on January 28-29, 2017.

“We will be happy if they can be selected for Sydney 7s,” Brehonnet said.

The Fijian duo also won praises from former Fiji Rugby Union coaching director Franck Boivert who is back in Clermont.

“I was with them in Clermont when they played a championship game there. They were doing terrific just like all Fijian players here.

“Their team is doing very well as they have French internationals as well as Italians in the side and I was very impressed by the level of play with lots of continuity.

“Litia plays flanker and was awesome during kickoffs and offloads. Luisa plays on the wing she is much more active as she understood better the role of a modern wing,” Boivert said.

The duo take French classes and also do coaching for kids when they don’t travel on the weekend for games.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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