September 26, 2012
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Pisa, Varamusu itching for 7s Series debut

They have both been trying for the last 3-4 years, but neither Apisalome Waqatabu nor Mosese Varamusu have gone further to earn selection to play in the World 7s Series.

So both are hoping that their selection in the reduced squad means a realisation of that dream soon.

Waqatabu who celebrated his 27th birthday last week is a household name in Fiji Rugby, having played in provincial rugby, featured in the Pacific Rugby Cup, played in the franchise competition, is part of the police rugby team and also with the champion Nadroga provincial team, but he’s yet to make the main Fiji teams in both codes – for the Flying Fijians in XVs and  Digicel Fiji team in 7s.

“Firstly, I want to thank the Almighty for being selected into the national training squad,” the winger said.

“This is my first time to be part of the reduced squad and it will be my first in the World 7s Series if I make the Gold Coast team ever since I was roped into the extended training squad when Waisale Serevi was coach back in 2008.

“As a team we have our aim and our goal for the Gold Coast 7s. On a personal note, this is another step up for me having played in the provincial competition, the franchise competition, the IRB Pacific Rugby Cup.”

For Varamusu, he has ginger hair, loves his rugby and is about the same built as Osea Kolinisau, but the Tokou, Ovalau villager, insists the similarities ends there.

“For starters, I play flanker, I am first timer on the 7s scene, I am from Tokou in Levuka and I can’t cut my hair until after three years as I am observing a 3-year taboo since my father passed away last year after a long illness,” the 26-year-old said.

Varamusu whose mother is from Navukailagi, Gau has been trying the last three years to be part of the Fiji 7s squad.

“I am very happy to finally make the squad. Three years I have been trying to join,” Varamusu said.

“The last two years I have been playing for Ovalau in the Digicel Cup and hoping my time would come. Fortunately, the coach Dere was in Ovalau for a coaching clinic and saw me play against Tailevu in the Digicel Cup this year and invited me to try out.

“I came for the fitness test and I passed it. Now, I am trying very hard to be part of the team to the Gold Coast 7s and will try to improve from there.”

Varamusu who plays club rugby with Marist CYM in the Ovalau RU is hoping to impress his way into the squad and team for the World Cup 7s in Russia next year and the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Varamusu is the 9th in a family of 12 children, of nine boys and three girls. An older brother, Dan played for Nadi in the Digicel Cup.


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