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Fiji 7s Wing Aminiasi Tuimaba To Miss First Pool Match At Canada 7s

This was after he was suspended for three games following a danger­ous tackle against New Zealand in the Cup quarterfinal at the USA Sevens in Las Vegas on Sunday.
05 Mar 2019 12:57
Fiji 7s Wing Aminiasi Tuimaba To Miss First Pool Match At Canada 7s
Aminiasi Tuimaba

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s rep Aminiasi Tuimaba will miss the first pool game of the Can­ada Sevens at BC Place in Vancou­ver this weekend.

This was after he was suspended for three games following a danger­ous tackle against New Zealand in the Cup quarterfinal at the USA Sevens in Las Vegas on Sunday.

He didn’t play in the 5th /6th place playoff against South Africa and England.

“Apart from that all players are bound for Vancouver as I’ve not received any update from management,”Fiji Rugby Un­ion chief executive officer John O’Connor said.

“We are third on the table and hopefully the boys defend the Van­couver title this weekend.”

Former captain Seremaia Tuwai is in the Las Vegas Dream Team with Sione Molia (NZ), Martin Iosefo (USA), Carlin Isles (USA), David Afamasaga (Samoa), Steve Tomasin (USA), Ben Pinkleman (USA).

Fiji is in Pool B with Samoa, Ken­ya and Canada.

USA win Vegas, lead series

USA retained their title in Las Ve­gas with a 27-0 victory over Samoa in the Cup final and become the out­right leaders on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2019.

Three scintillating days of ac­tion at the Sam Boyd Stadium saw the home team finish on top of the world and further emphasises their credentials as potential series win­ners come the end of the season.

After four consecutive Cup final appearances, finishing with four losses, Mike Friday’s outfit were willed on by a packed house. The fervent home support brought out the best of side and the result was a converted final victory and the re­tention of their tournament crown in Las Vegas.

Feeling Good: Hughes

USA captain Madison Hughes said:”If we’re going to win one of them then the one at home was the one we wanted. It feels so good, hav­ing missed out on it last year when I was up in the box [injured]. So now to be here on the field feels pretty good.

Pinkleman added: “It’s amazing. This is the exact moment we want­ed. We had it last year and we didn’t want anything more than to be right back here, to be surrounded by everyone storming the field. It’s a great feeling.”

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