20 Jan 2017

Sport: Fiji names 7s team for Wellington and Sydney

8:21 am on 20 January 2017

Five players from the Fiji Baabas 7s team that played in the recent SUDAMERICA Tournament have forced their way into the Vodafone Fiji 7s team for the Wellington and Sydney 7s tournaments.

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Fiji Sevens captain Osea Kolinisau. Photo: World Rugby / Martin Seras Lima

Mesulame Kunavula and Nacanieli Labalaba will make their debut, while Kalioni Nasoko, Amenoni Nasilasila and Alivereti Veitokani make a return to the side.

Jasa Veremalua, Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Setareki Bituniyata, Nemani Nagusa, Jerry Tuwai, Osea Kolinisau, Samisoni Viriviri and Joeli Lutumailagi have been retained from the last leg.

Vatemo Ravouvou who missed out on the first leg of the tournament has also been named in the team.

Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber said that the players from the Fiji Baabas 7s team deserved to be selected as they played really well and impressively.

He also congratulated the two debutants in the team.

Baber said he was confident that the team would do well in both tournaments.

He said some of the senior players were still recovering from injury and would be considered for the next leg.

The Fiji 7s team will depart for Wellington next Tuesday.

The Selected players are:

1. Jasa Veremulua

2. Sevuloni Mocenacagi

3. Setareki Bituniyata

4. Nemani Nagusa

5. Kalioni Nasoko

6. Mesulame Kunavula

7. Jerry Tuwai

8. Vatemo Ravouvou

9. Osea Kolinisau (C)

10. Alifereti Veitokani

11. Amenoni Nasilasila

12. Samisoni Viriviri

13. Nacanieli Labalaba

14. Joeli Lutumailagi

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