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Break For Philipo Bukayaro

Scrum half Philipo Bukayaro, gets the opportunity to fill the vacuum left by all-time sevens master, Jerry Tuwai, at the 2022 HSBC Hong Kong sevens that kicks off on Friday night.
02 Nov 2022 16:00
Break For Philipo Bukayaro
Philipo Bukayaro in full flight at one of the HSBC World Sevens Series tournaments.

Scrum half Philipo Bukayaro, gets the opportunity to fill the vacuum left by all-time sevens master, Jerry Tuwai, at the 2022 HSBC Hong Kong sevens that kicks off on Friday night.

Tuwai, who has been playing a lead role for the team that won the last five Hong Kong 7s titles before the 2020/2021 global pandemic, has been rested and given time off to rejuvenate by Fijian Airways 7s head coach, Ben Gollings. The Hong Kong 7s kicks off on Friday, with the finals on Sunday.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, Gollings said Tuwai’s absence was an opportunity for Bukayaro to shine in a demanding tournament like the Hong Kong Sevens. The Fijians are going for their sixth consecutive win this weekend.  The nippy 23-year-old from Natewa in Cakaudrove played for Dominion Brothers and Army at club level. He had played secondary school rugby when he was at Nasinu Secondary School before attending Ratu Kadavulevu School to help their first XV hoist the Vodafone Super Deans trophy in 2017.

Bukayaro made his debut for Fiji at the Singapore and Vancouver leg of this year’s HSBC World Sevens Series. On record he has played 30 games in the series, touching down 12 tries to accumulate 60 points. Fiji is in the same pool as United States, Spain and Japan this weekend. Gollings said it was time for Bukayaro to show his capabilities.

“Philipo has developed well last season and this is his opportunity to really push now,” Gollings said.

“He’s a fantastic player going forward and defensively.  With experience he’ll learn about game management, which is key for his position.

“This is the time for him to rise up and prove that he can take over from Jerry.”

He added that Tuwai needs some time out to recover from a busy season.

“Tuwai who was part of the team which won the five Hong Kong 7s titles is been rested, he is given time to refresh,” he said.

Fiji won in 2015 and 2016 beating New Zealand in the finals 33-19 and 21-7 respectively, beat South Africa in the 2017 final 22-0, beat Kenya in the 2018 final 24-12 and France in 2019, 21-7. “With Jerry Tuwai, we had sat down after the World Cup and discussed giving him some time off.

“He had been at it for a while so we decided to give him time off from now to the end of the year. He needs to take a rest, refocus and then come back fresh after Christmas.”

Story By:  simione.haravanua@fijisun.com.fj

 



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