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Fiji 7s Star Turns Babysitter

Head Coach Vicki Wilson was impressed with Mereani’s work rate in the team.
30 Apr 2019 14:24
Fiji 7s Star Turns Babysitter
Fijian Pearls rep Mereani Tuwai (left) with her husband, Fiji Airways Fijian 7s rep Seremaia Tuwai at the Nadi International Airport on April 28, 2019. Photo: Seremaia Tuwai

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s half­back Seremaia Tuwai wishes his wife Mereani Tuwai the very best as she flew out of the country on Sunday morning to team up with the Fijian Pearls at the Arafura Games in Darwin.

Mereani is likely to make her debut in Australia tomorrow against SAASTA.

She was accompanied by lanky shooter Taraima Mitchell, Mer­elita Waqanidrola and Verenaisi Sawana.

The four players did not partic­ipate in the three-test matches in Singapore last week but were included in the Arafura Games list.

Tuwai who will now have to take over the role as babysitter for their two children stated on his facebook post: “Thank You Lord for everything, first time for everything, leaving her for the first time was hard for me.

“But it was worth all the sacri­fice and hard work for my love, we are proud of u mommy.

“Now time to babysit,” Jerry said.

Head Coach Vicki Wilson was impressed with Mereani’s work rate in the team.

“Mereani is new to the squad and was very impressive on court during the trials,” Wilson said.

“Her lateral work was excellent and did a great job in limiting her opponent’s possession rate.

“I look forward to working with her and expanding her skill set,” Wilson said.

The Pearls play their first match against SAASTA at 11am (Fiji) and second match against Singapore at 8pm (Fiji) today.

Their third pool match against Australian Defence Force at 8pm (Fiji) on Thursday and last pool match against Palmerston NT on Friday at 11am (Fiji).

Fijian Pearls rep Mereani Tuwai. Photo: Seremaia Tuwai

Fijian Pearls rep Mereani Tuwai. Photo: Seremaia Tuwai

TIME TO DEFEND LONDON

As always, Tuwai will be an im­portant player for the Fiji Air­ways Fijian 7s team in the last two tournaments of the 2018-19 World Sevens Series.

With three points adrift to lead­er United States (145), Fiji (142) must defend the London Sevens on May 25-26 at Twickenham.

Tuwai was in devastating form at the Hong Kong Sevens before he was injured at the Singapore 7s earlier this month.

He should be at his normal best in London where Fiji must win if they are to win the World Sevens Series in the last tourna­ment in Paris in June 1-2.

Meanwhile, Fiji Airways Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber is hope­ful that players injured during the grueling Hong Kong and Sin­gapore 7s tournaments will be ready for the last two legs.

“We have to look at those inju­ries and I’m hopeful to get most of them back in camp,” Baber said.

The squad members lodged their application for travel to London and Paris at the British Embassy in Suva last Friday.

-Edited by Osea Bola

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