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Vodafone Fijian 7s squad members can move on and switch codes if they are offered lucrative contracts overseas, says Jone Niurua. The Vodafone Fijian 7s team manager made the clarification
13 Feb 2017 11:06
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Vodafone Fijian 7s halfback Seremaia Tuwai runs away from New Zealand’s DJ Forbes and Tim Mikkelson in the Cup quarterfinals at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney, Australia yesterday. Photo: Bruce Southwick/Zoom Fiji

Vodafone Fijian 7s squad members can move on and switch codes if they are offered lucrative contracts overseas, says Jone Niurua.

The Vodafone Fijian 7s team manager made the clarification yesterday after media reports that  Rio Olympic gold medallists Jasa Veremalua, Masivesi  Dakuwaqa and Seremaia Tuwai could cash in on National Rugby League  (NRL) lucrative offers in Australia.

Niurua said they can’t hold them back.

“There are a lot of talented rugby players boys in Fiji,”Niurua said.

‘If we miss Jasa Veremalua today, we got 100 or more Jasa tomorrow,”Niurua said.

“We are not short of replacements in Fiji as we have plentiful.

“If they think it’s good for them to move on for greener pastures then that’s fine.”

The trio are reported to be in consultation with former Fiji Bati and Bulldogs centre Daryl Millard who is set to become an NRL accredited player manager.

Millard was quoted on Rugby League News that they are keen and will be sensational in league.

He has also sent out a YouTube video of their highlights to clubs which has attracted a lot of interest.

Niurua is looking forward to meet the players when the Vodafone Fijians 7s extended squad report to camp at Uprising Beach Resort today.

“We are expecting all senior players to give some leadership and discipline that we need in the team at the moment,”Niurua said.

“But we expect the senior players to impart their knowledge to the juniors as they are the backbone of the team,” he said.

Dakuwaqa once played for the Davuilevu Knights before he joined Westfield Dragons in Nadi.

Veremalua was born and raised in Korotogo, Baravi, Nadroga and he started his career playing rugby in the local 7s competition before he made his debut for Fiji in 2012.

Tuwai earlier indicated that he loves playing 7s and he will not go anywhere because he loves Fiji.


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