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Restarts Crucial In Fiji’s Campaign In Dubai

Focus is on lanky Fiji Airways Fi­jian 7s Joseva Talacolo and skipper Josua Vakurunabili to deliver.
25 Nov 2021 15:15
Restarts Crucial In Fiji’s Campaign In Dubai
Fijiana sevens players at the JW Marriot Hotel in Dubai on November 23, 2021. From left: Sesenieli Donu, Mereani Rogosau, Lavena Cavuru, Reapi Ulunisau, Vasiti Solikoviti, Rusila Nagasau (captain) Aloesi Nakoci and Laisana Likuceva. Photo: Camari Leba Camaivuna

Winning restarts is cru­cial for the Fiji 7s men’s if they are to start strong in Dubai tomorrow.

Focus is on lanky Fiji Airways Fi­jian 7s Joseva Talacolo and skipper Josua Vakurunabili to deliver.

Talacolo’s aerial ball skills, of­floads and brutal defensive play will be vital in their campaign.

His ability to win restarts will surely match Vakurunabili’s hard and aggressive running.

Talacolo was named a travelling reserve for the Fijian men’s rugby sevens team that played at the To­kyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.

After missing out on the final 13 spots for the Olympic Games, he made sure he made the top 13 for the Dubai trip.

Speaking to Sunsports before de­parture on Saturday Talacola said his volleyball skills helped in his assserial contests

“I used to be an all-rounder when it came to sports back in the vil­lage, where I would start from vol­leyball then move to touch rugby when we had enough players for a game,” Taucolo said.

“It’s the timing of my jump when I spike or block that I transition to rugby,” he said,

“It is easy when I have the height and the rest just comes naturally.

Taucolo and Vakutunabili have been playing well in the local sev­ens competition during the recent Fiji rugby sevens series.

Fiji’s matches tomorrow: Men – versus France at 8.22pm, meets Canada at 12.12am (Saturday Fiji time.) Their last pool match is against Australia at 4.33pm Fiji time Saturday.

Matches will be live on both FBC TV and Fiji One.



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