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New Sevens Players Are No Strangers To The Sevens Code

Fiji 7s forward, Vakurinabili , Jerry Tuwai and Waisea Nacuqu are the three who remained from the Tokyo Gold medallist team along with travelling reserve Joseva Talacolo.
22 Oct 2021 12:00
New Sevens Players Are No Strangers To The Sevens Code
Fijian 7s squad member Simione Cece (with ball) during a training session at Albert Park in Suva on October 21, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord.

The six players who travelled from Savusavu on Tuesday straight into the national 7s camp are no strangers to the code.

Flying Fijians halfback Frank Lomani’s younger brother, Iowane Leone, Iowane Teba, Tevita Daugunu, Sevanaia Vuli,  Jeremaia Matana and Manueli Maisamoa are part of the 26-member training squad preparing for the Dubai 7s scheduled for November 26-27.

They are members of the winning Raiwasa Resort Taveuni that is listed in the top five of the Fiji Rugby Union Super 7s series this year.

 

Stand in national 7s coach, Saiasi Fuli, said the challenge is that majority of the players are transitioning from club to national level.

“It is a mixture of players, retaining some of the senior and experienced players like Josua Vakurinabili is helping,” Fuli said.

“We are grateful to Government for helping the six men travel across from Vanua Levu.”

 

“90 per cent of those in the squad are new to this environment.”

They are challenging themselves by working extra hard to impress management at the same time adjusting to the new environment.”

“I know they have been working hard to join the national squad.”

“We are experiencing a very challenging time, high turnover of the whole management after the Tokyo Olympics, having players move over and moving across like Gareth Baber and the rest of the management now joining Drua.”

 

Fiji 7s forward, Vakurinabili , Jerry Tuwai and Waisea Nacuqu are the three who remained from the Tokyo Gold medallist team along with travelling reserve Joseva Talacolo.

Other members who had been part of the squad are Terio Tamani, Kaminieli Rasaku, Jone Manu, Elia Canakaivata and Livai Ikanikoda.

“The challenge is for us as management to go through the transition and embrace the challenge; at the same time psyche new players as we are the best team in the world.

 

“It is a good opportunity for the new boys to work hard to be the best 13 for the Dubai tournaments.”

“The big challenge is they must climatise with the environment, coming in from the clubs to the national team and how we manage them coming out of the six months of lockdown,” sevens national coach Fuli said.

 

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