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Change For Sydney

The Vodafone Fijian 7s team officials have made a change to the team that will play in this weekend’s Sydney Sevens in Australia. Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, Fijian 7s head
31 Jan 2017 16:22
Change For Sydney
Vodafone Fijian 7s players (from left) Maleli Kunavula, Vatemo Ravouvou, Kalione Nasoko, Samisoni Viriviri and Joeli Lutumailagi (standing) in Wellington, New Zealand, yesterday. Photo: Naca Cawanibuka

The Vodafone Fijian 7s team officials have made a change to the team that will play in this weekend’s Sydney Sevens in Australia.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber confirmed that Fijian Barbarians 7s skipper Amenoni Nasi­lasila will be replaced by Emosi Mulevoro.

The plucky Kadavu halfback is going to join the team in Sydney.

“Amenoni Nasilasila is injured and he is the only player that we will replace,” he said.

“He will be replaced by Mulevoro. We’ve got A few bumps along the way but you never know how it will change but the players are in good condition and are looking forward to this weekend’s showdown.”

Powerhouse forward Nemani Nagusa who is on a six-match suspension will be able to take the field when they take on Wales on Saturday in their second Pool game.

Veteran speedstar

Baber was also happy with veteran winger Joeli Lutumailagi’s performance against South Africa in the Wellington 7s final on Sunday night.

The Nadroga native showed sheer pace when he raced past one of the World Sevens fastest men, Seabelo Senatla, to score their first try.

“I think it was brilliant performance and it shows what he can do in the field. Joeli worked hard and made use of his skills and that’s what we saw throughout the tourna­ment. “I was also happy with the players’ performance as they worked hard to create space in the field and were working hard to­wards the end.”

Now with Sydney 7s this weekend, Baber said they would continue to look for ways on how they could improve and continue the momentum as the Series progressed.

“Our game is our game and I’m sure South Africa will be vibrant as we will come to face them again as our other opponents. We are willing to open up when we come un­der a physical compression but we have to be accurate and we don’t want a repeat of a six- man situation against South Africa that causes difficulties to the players in the field,” he added.

The Vodafone Fijians are the top seed for Pool B where they face France, Wales and Samoa.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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