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Livai Ikanikoda Knocks On 7s Doors

“Rugby is my passion. I die for rugby, eat and sleep rugby. I want to don that national jumper again.”
24 Mar 2019 10:00
Livai Ikanikoda Knocks On 7s Doors
Captain and playmaker Livai Ikanikoda (circled) with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and the rest of the Police Blues after winning 43rd Fiji Bitter Marist 7s at ANZ Stadium on March 23, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Jubilant Police Blue captain and playmaker Livai Ikanikoda says, he’s ready to don the national jumper if needed.

The Lomanikoro, Rewa native led Police Blue to hoist the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s title after beating Wardens Gold 17-12 in the Cup final at the ANZ Stadium, Suva, last night.

“It’s been seven years now I have been fighting hard to get back into the national 7s squad ever since I recovered from my leg injury,” the former Suva Grammar School Under-19 half- back said.

“Rugby is my passion. I die for rugby, eat and sleep rugby. I want to don that national jumper again.”

Ikanikoda controlled the game despite playing under slippery conditions and helped set- up the second Police try to Suliano Volivoli for a 12-5 lead at halftime.

With the scores tied at 12-12, Ikanikoda used his experience to slice through the Wardens defence to create space for Kini Douglas to dot down the winning try.

The other Police try was scored by Joni Tanoa while Wardens tries came from Fabiano Rogovakalali and Joseva Vilo.

Ikanikoda was later named the Player of the Final.

Ikanikoda along with Semi Radradra and Alipate Ratini played for the national 7s team that won the Gold Coast 7s tournament in Australia during the 2012/13 HSBC World Sevens Series.

A leg injury saw him take a rest from rugby before making his return with Police Blue.

Police Blue received $11,000 for the win while Wardens Gold pocketed $5000.

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