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Yasawa Marlins Ready For Skipper Cup Opener

Fijian 7s stars Kalioni Nasoko and Aminiasi Tuimaba are tipped to play for newly promoted side against Nadi
01 Jul 2020 11:27
Yasawa Marlins Ready For Skipper Cup Opener
Yasawa Marlins Women’s rugby team before training at Nadovu Park, Lautoka on June 30, 2020 Photo: Salote Qalubau

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s stars Kalioni Nasoko and Aminiasi Tuimaba are expected to play for Yasawa Marlins against Nadi in their Skipper Cup Premiership opener on July 25.

This was confirmed to SUNsports yesterday by Yasawa Rugby Union vice-president, Kaminieli Sadrata.

He said Nasoko and Tuimaba were coping well during training with the extended squad at Nadovu Park in Lautoka.

Yasawa and Lautoka are the newly-promoted teams in this year’s Skipper Cup Premiership competition.

“We have 75 players who are part of our training and development squad,” Sadrata said.

“Nasoko and Tuimaba are training with the side. Other players include Rusiate Matai, Inia Rokomatu while Napolioni Ratu who was training during the COVID-19 pandemic period is no longer training with the team.

“Nasoko and Tuimaba’s presence have no doubt build-up the team’s morale. The onus now rests on the selectors to pen the names of those who will don the jersey in the opening game.” Yasawa will host Nadi at Churchill Park, Lautoka.

“We are ready but we won’t underestimate Nadi. We are a new team competing in the Skipper Cup but we will be showing how much we have prepared for the day. We won’t say whether we will win but we will give Nadi a good run for their money,” said Sadrata.

The Nadi rugby side have been training under coach, Ilai Derenalagi.

Boosting their preparation is the presence of Olympians Kitione Taliga and Samisoni Viriviri along with former Flying Fijians flanker Naulia Dawai who is now playing in the Major League Rugby comp in the United States of America.

Sadrata added the Yasawa Under-20 and Women teams were also training alongside the senior men’s team.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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