October 26, 2021
Two times Olympic Gold Medalist Jerry Tuwai, Joshua Vakurinabuli and Waisea Nacuqu are part of Fiji 7s extended squad training in Suva.
Fijian 7’s Interim Head Coach Saiasi Fuli’s extended squad sees a total of 26 players have been selected with 19 new players joining the squad, 4 on-going players from the Fijian 7’s Olympics extended squad and only three Olympic gold medalist ahead of the Dubai 7’s leg which will be held from the 3rd to the 4th December.
Fuli told Fiji Rugby Media that fresh intakes will be a challenge for them, but he’ll make sure these players will be familiarised into the highest level of competition.
“90% are all fresh intakes and that will be a challenge for us, especially for us managements as well, and a lot of these players are new to the environment.”
“We’ll make sure to maintain the high standard of what is expected, we are the best team in the world in terms of 7’s and we have to uphold that standard and continue with hard work.”
Fuli said that most of the previous players and managements that was part of the Olympics have decided to venture onto other avenues of their career path, and the current team will now have to align their course and move forward.
“A lot of the previous management and players have move on, coach Baber have decided to take up a coaching role with 15 aside and majority of our 7’s squad have move on to the Drua team and some have decided to join rugby league.”
“We have set our goals to prepare well in the next 4 weeks, compete well and win tournaments.”
“This is our first training session in our first week of camp, this is our preparation campaign for the upcoming Dubai leg which will be a back-to-back tournament happening on the last week of November and first week of December,” added Fuli.
2021 – DUBAI EXTENDED SQUAD: Joseva Talacolo, Kavekini Tabu, Josua Vakurinabuli, Tevita Daugunu, Elia Canakaivata, Sefa Navuli, Venioni Vuki, Tira Welagi, Simione Cece, Jeremaia Matana, Nasoni Tulavo, Livai Ikanikoda, Terio Tamani, Jerry Tuwai, Jo Vunisa, Taniela Yaya, Jone Manu, Kaminieli Rasaku, Manueli Maisamoa, Waisea Nacuqu, Iowane Leone, Panapasa Qeruqeru, Filipo Sauturaga, Iowane Teba, Rusiate Matai, Vuivuwa Naduvalu
By Romeka Romena