November 17, 2012
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Cakau has faith in 7s newbies

By Sunil Sharma

Digicel Fiji 7s captain Setefano Cakau has faith in the seven newbies who will be making their debut in Dubai and Port Elizabeth in the second leg of the HSBC World 7s Series.

Inia Tukere, Gasaudua Tube, Vilitati Sokiveta, Maleli Bula, John Stewart, Peni Vaciloa and Peni Maka are the new boys in a 12-member team named Friday by 7s head coach Alifereti Dere.

“Leading the team is not an easy task because I have to show good example to the boys,” Cakau said.

“For all these new players it will be their first time to go to Dubai. I know they have the skills and the talents and they have put their hands up for the game. They tried their hardest to be in the traveling team.”

Cakau said he has full faith in the debutants to play their hearts out with guts and enthusiasm.

“I have faith in them and I know we will gel well together to make a good team.”

The experienced skipper said New Zealand will come at them with all guns firing to make amends for their Gold Coast 7s loss.

“But, we can’t be worrying about them. For us the target is to play well and play from the heart. That would be the only way to achieve our goals in Dubai.

“For the fans please keep supporting the team because its not an easy task to represent our country so we need your prayers as well.”
A notable exclusion is Alipate Ratini who was ruled out because of injury.

Fiji last won in 1998 in Dubai and since then have managed to reach final finals.

The Digicel Fiji 7s team is in Pool A with Kenya, Spain and Scotland.  They will depart our shores for Dubai on Wednesday.

Forwards - Setefano Cakau (C), Levani Veivuke, Inia Tukere, Gasaudua Tube, Vilitati Nadialobo, Peni Maka.
Backs - Ilai Tinai, Isikeli Vuruna, Joji Raqamate, Maleli Bula, John Stewart, Peni Vaciloa.


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