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Dranisinukula Out, Awaits London And W/Cup

Former national sevens men’s captain Paula Dranisinukula was dropped in coach Ben Golling’s final 13-men for the Commonwealth Games which starts tomorrow.
28 Jul 2022 13:18
Dranisinukula Out, Awaits London And W/Cup
Former Fijian sevens’s captain Paula Dranisinukula greets the President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere during the presentation of Team Fiji’s i-tatau at the State House on July 7, 2022. Photo: Fijian Government.

Former national sevens men’s captain Paula Dranisinukula was dropped in coach Ben Golling’s final 13-men for the Com­monwealth Games which starts tomorrow.

Gollings confirmed in a zoom con­ference on Tuesday night that the Drauniivi, Ra native did not travel with the team.

Dranisinukula, 32, was initially named in the travelling 16-member squad on July 6, however, visa delay was beyond their control.

He recently returned from a year’s mission with the United Nations Disengagement Force (UNDOF) serving in the Golan Heights; he had also missed the Tokyo Olympic Games.

“He came back on a later period, it was a target to get him aligned with the team if ready, focused on Com­monwealth Games and World Cup.

“Paula has worked really hard and was in need of some game time, so sadly for us there was a little de­lay over Paula’s visa’s processing which meant he couldn’t travel.

“So we shifted the focus getting the game time he needs back in Fiji and focusing on our next part of the journey which is post-Common­wealth Games that is the London 7s and World Cup.

“It was great to have him with the team, in terms of the addition he makes to the team; is his leader­ship perspective, players respond to him.

“Some things are beyond our con­trol and currently speaking he is in a good place and is ready to kick on and so is the team.”

The former Ratu Kadavulevu School student first represented Fiji in sevens in 2017. He captained Fiji to the 2019 Hong Kong 7s meet where they beat France 21-7 in the final.

Rugby 7s final squad:

Josua Vakurinabuli, Semi Kuna­tanni, Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Tevita Daugunu, Jeremaia Matana, Ellia Canakaivata, Sireli Maqala, Wai­sea Nacuqu ©, Jerry Tuwai, Fil­ipe Sauturaga, Kaminilei Rasaku, Aminiasi Tuimaba and Vuiviawa Naduvalo.

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