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Star Fijian 7s Winger Gets NZ Citizenship

Four Fijian players have forced their way into the New Zealand 7s team for the Hamilton and Syd­ney tournaments. They are winger Joe Ravouvou, playmaker Vilimoni Koroi, Amanaki Nicole and
19 Jan 2019 11:00
Star Fijian 7s Winger Gets NZ Citizenship
Joe Ravouvou. Photo: Zimbio

Four Fijian players have forced their way into the New Zealand 7s team for the Hamilton and Syd­ney tournaments. They are winger Joe Ravouvou, playmaker Vilimoni Koroi, Amanaki Nicole and Jona Nareki

According to NZ Rugby, Ravouvou is also set to don the black jersey for the first time since his blockbusting World Cup campaign last July, having gained New Zealand citizenship to make him eligible for the World Series.

The New Zealand 7s side were rav­aged by injuries at the end of last year, but with the majority of the squad fit and firing in 2019, coach Clark Laidlaw had his work cut out for him selecting a team to play at the New Zealand Sevens.

The team will be looking to back-up an overwhelmingly successful 2018 when they take to the field in Hamilton next weekend.

Laidlaw said the team had entered the New Year refreshed and there had been an edge at training as they built towards the third leg of the World Series.

“Obviously we picked up some inju­ries through Dubai and Cape Town so to have those guys back fit, healthy and available for selection for a home tour­nament is encouraging.

“We’re as close to full strength as you can get and we’re really excited about putting that squad on the field.

“There are a few guys who haven’t played much rugby since the World Cup so we need to train right and get into day one well prepared and hopefully build through the tournament as we go.”

Veteran Tim Mikkelson returns to play at his home stadium after missing the opening two legs of the Series due to the birth of his first child and will co-captain with Rotorua’s Scott Curry.

Also, making the team is veteran play­maker Kurt Baker.

New Zealand: Kurt Baker, Dylan Col­lier, Scott Curry (c), Sam Dickson, Scott Gregory, Andrew Knewstubb, Vilimoni Koroi, Tim Mikkelson (c), Sione Molia, Jona Nareki, Amanaki Nicole, Joe Ra­vouvou, Tone Ng Shiu, Regan Ware.

– Edited by Osea Bola

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