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I’m ready: Derenalagi

Vodafone Fijian Under-20 rep Meli Derenalagi has made up his mind to try and represent the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team in the 2018/19 HSBC World Sevens Series. The former
13 Nov 2018 10:58
I’m ready: Derenalagi
From left Teri Tamani and Meli Derenalagi at Nadi International Airport on November 12, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Vodafone Fijian Under-20 rep Meli Derenalagi has made up his mind to try and represent the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team in the 2018/19 HSBC World Sevens Series.

The former Queen Victoria School student was part of the Josateki Savou coached- Fiji Development men’s 7s team that played against the Japan national 7s team at Oita City in Japan last weekend.

“It was good experience for me after moving from fifteens to sevens,” he said.

“This is a good build-up for me as I’m still young. Anyone can get a chance to play but not all can take up the opportunity. So I will take it if shown the door.”

Derenalgi’s dad Vuniani was a former Nadi and national rugby flanker who was dubbed the ‘White Shark’ at the height of his sporting career.

“Rugby is in our blood for sure and it has been a while for someone from our family in Nawaka to continue on that family tradition,” he added.

“The last one was Semisi Naevo and it is good to see that I’m being chosen to be part of the development team and I thank the selectors for it.”

Derenalagi was part of the Vodafone Fijian Un­der-20 team that won the World Rugby U20 Trophy in Bucharest, Romania.

When approached coach Savou said the develop­ment players are ready to play for Fiji at the World Sevens Series.

The former national 7s halfback said the stand-out players were captain Teri Tamani and Derenalagi.

“The boys resume their training tomorrow and will join the sevens camp later as they await the call from head coach Gareth Baber.”

The side won all their four matches against the Jap­anese national 7s team.

DEVELOPMENT FIJIANA 7S

The Sireli Bobo- coached Fijiana 7s development side need more game time to bring them up to par.

This was after they lost all four matches against the Japanese national women’s 7s team.

Manager Peceli Derenalagi said it was an honour to send a team from Fiji to be part of an invitational competition organised by the Japanese Rugby Un­ion.

This was part of their preparation for the World Sevens Series.

“It was a good exposure for the girls. The ground we played on was also opened and will host the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians during the 2019 Rugby World Cup.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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