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Is He Our Next Star?

The Tabadamu 7s team will be banking on the man who could be one of our trump cards at the Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan. Lanky forward Iosefo Masi is
18 Feb 2021 17:01
Is He Our Next Star?
Iosefo Masi.

The Tabadamu 7s team will be banking on the man who could be one of our trump cards at the Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan.

Lanky forward Iosefo Masi is a sure starter for the side at Prince Charles Park, Nadi, in this weekend’s second leg of the Super Sevens Series.

Masi, a member of the national been highly rated by the Tabadamu coach Viliame Turagavou,

Flying Fijians legendary first five-eighth Seremaia Bai and Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber.

Turagavou said Masi’s selection to the national 7s training side was no surprise.

“He is a very committed player. Masi has improved a lot and has put his hands up for selection for the Olympic Games. We’re hopeful that he does makes the cut and take the name of our club to the Olympics,” he said.

The 22-year-old was also part of the Eastern Saints 15s rugby side that won the Suva Rugby Union’s Koroturaga Cup last year.

Saints coach Bai said the young forward’s selection came at the right time.

“It is great timing with the Olympic Games around the corner. Sefo is a good player that he is very committed to his training. He has a bright future ahead of him and to get involved in the highest environment is a plus and all he has to do now is to stay consistent,” he said.

“Sefo is a very balanced with a great attitude and a grounded young man.”

Bai said he always reminded the youngster on the importance of balancing his studies and rugby.

Masi is a third-year student at the Fiji National University (FNU), pursing a Bachelor’ Degree in Forestry.

“He sometimes comes to me requesting if he could be excused from training as he needs to attend to his farm in the village before returning to Suva to continue on with his studies and rugby.”

Baber said Masi was a special player.

“That is the reason why we introduced players like him to the game. With a small introduction to the game, he runs like a back, passes like a back but tackles like a forward.”

“He is good in the scrums and lineouts. But he is able to wrestle the ball against three big Police forwards (during the final of the Uprising 7s) to score a try. So we’ve big things for him,” Baber said.

 

Feedback: simione.haravanua@fijisun.com.fj



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