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Uluinakau for Marist 7s

  The Uluinakau rugby 7s team are determined to take on whatever challenge that crosses their path during the 41st Fiji Bitter Marist 7s tournament. This year’s tournament is from
21 Feb 2017 11:00
Uluinakau for Marist 7s
The Uluinakau 7s team. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI.

 

The Uluinakau rugby 7s team are determined to take on whatever challenge that crosses their path during the 41st Fiji Bitter Marist 7s tournament.

This year’s tournament is from March 24-25 at the ANZ Stadium, Suva.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday Uluinakau trainer Jone Koroi said, he was happy with the players commitment towards training.

“Although we faced a few hiccups along the way but we managed to come together after the Coral Coast tournament,” he said.

“We had a group of players who are very persistent and we are working with them. The players have been together for the past two months and on top of that we had some players who have left us and we’ve recruited some new ones and this affected the performance of the team.

“We’re recording the progress of the current players individually but as a team. One of the problems faced is that some players tend to miss training for so long and then when they return, it takes time for them to fit in.

“I’m thankful to management for bringing the boys together. We will be playing in some upcoming tournaments so that we can gauge ourselves in particularly on our strength level as to prepare us for the Marist 7s. So after this weekend and our sevens tournament that will be held early next month, then we will finalise our team to play in the Marist 7s.”

The team from Namarai in Nakorotubu, Ra, is also looking for sponsors to help them prepare for the Marist 7s tournament.

Koroi said that was again another critical issue that had affected their progress.

“I’m pleading to those big businesses or private companies to see the struggles these boys go through since most of them are unemployed.

“Some of them are farmers so we’re making a big effort here to help them. Also there are some talented players and we want them to be recognised.”

Koroi spoke highly of Vodafone Fijian 7s forward Setareki Bituiyata for making time to be with the team during training.

“He came through this team so we’re happy to have him on board. We’re grateful to him for coming down and to rub shoulders with his teammates and that is a major boost for most of the players.

“We believe there are some talented players like Seta who are in the team and that kind of attitude is a good influence to them,” he added.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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