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Paula Draunisinukula: Onus Is On Us

The Fijians are three points behind Series leaders USA who are gunning for their first win. The first four teams in the Series also automatically qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan.
15 May 2019 14:57
Paula Draunisinukula: Onus Is On Us
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s captain Paula Dranisinukula.

Now it’s all up to us, was the gist of Fiji Airways Fijian 7s captain Paula Dranisinukula’s message as they turn their focus to next weekend’s London 7s followed by the Paris 7s in France.

Speaking to SUNsports after their training session at Albert Park, Suva, he said the onus was now on the individual players in the squad to make things happen if they were to win the 2018/19 HSBC World Sevens Series.

The Fijians are three points behind Series leaders USA who are gunning for their first win. The first four teams in the Series also automatically qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan.

The Navuniivi, Ra, native made strong comments on the importance of players maintaining their discipline off the field, which could affect their focus and sabotage their chances of winning the Series.

“We have learnt from the previous tournaments that every small thing counts and we need to take it step-by-step as we move on,” Dranisinukula said.

“The main thing is our discipline off the field, we have seen this as our weakness in the past tournaments, but there’s no room for that in this final leg where the whole of Fiji is expecting us to win the series.

“We know that we have to win every game so we need to perform to the best of our abilities. That is how we can win the tournament and later on the series.”

The Suva-based soldier said he was confident of making the country proud in London and Paris.

“It’s a big challenge for me and the boys. We can’t wait to take on the challenge in this last leg,” he added.

Dranisinukula will bolster the forwards alongside Apenisa Cakaubalavu, brothers Isoa Tabu, Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Josua Vakurunabili, Meli Derenalagi. The return of Votua, Ba, man Waisea Nacuqu will boost the backline as he plays alongside Seremaia Tuwai, Livai Ikanikoda, Alasio Naduva, Aminiasi Tuimaba, Napolioni Ratu, Vilimoni Botitu and Asaeli Tuivoka.

“We know it will not be easy, but we are ready to sweat and bleed for our country,” Dranisinukula said.

The Fijians face Kenya in their first pool match at 9:36pm (Fiji time) on Saturday, May 25, France at 12:42am (Fiji time) and on Sunday, May 26 against Samoa at 3:48am (Fiji time)

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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