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Meli Proud To Lead Fijian 7s Side In Hamilton

Just a year on from his debut, the Nawaka, Nadi, native was chosen by head coach Gareth Baber to co-captain the side alongside playmaker Seremaia Tuwai.
21 Jan 2020 10:00
Meli Proud To Lead Fijian 7s Side In Hamilton
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s forward Meli Derenalagi with fans at the Nadi International Airport on January 20, 2020. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Meli Derenalagi is looking forward to leading the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s side during the New Zealand 7s in Hamilton this weekend.

Just a year on from his debut, the Nawaka, Nadi, native was chosen by head coach Gareth Baber to co-captain the side alongside playmaker Seremaia Tuwai.

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces Naval Division officer made his debut during the 2018-2019 World Series.

The duo will share the leadership role in the absence of skipper Paula Drainisinikula, who has been sidelined with a hand injury.

Derenalagi was among the 13 players that departed Fiji yesterday.

He said: “It was once a dream but I need to make it happen so I need to make the dream happen.

“It is quite challenging for me. But I will have a few experienced players on my side and they will support me during the games this week.

“I’m looking to pull up my socks and I will be leading them in a strict way in a strict manner to put their mindset on the games this weekend.”

He said the team was plotting a way to bounce back in Hamilton and, Sydney the following week, after a poor start to the World 7s Series.

Fiji is pooled with Argentina, Australia and Samoa.

Squad: Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Josua Vakurunabili, Asaeli Tuivuaka, Kavekini Tabu, Apenisa Cakaubalavu, Meli Derenalagi, Vilimoni Botitu, Waisea Nacuqu, Jerry Tuwai, Alasio Naduva, Aminiasi Tuimaba, Napolioni Ratu, Livai Ikanikoda.

Edited by Sheldon Chanel

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