November 21, 2021
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Fiji 7s duo are suitable backs: Campbell

North Queensland Cowboys Recruitment Manager Dane Campbell says Fiji 7s stars Taniela Sadrugu and Iosefo Masi are suitable to feature as outside backs.
 
He said Sadrugu and Masi have the ball in their coat to impress the Cowboys hierarchy during the pre-season for two remaining top 30 spots at the club.
 
Campbell told NRL.com that he kept an eye on the duo from the Oceania 7s in Townsville while close friend Wise Kativerata, the former Dragons, Rabbitohs and Eels winger also spoke highly of the two boys.
 
"I'd known of them from watching some vision," Campbell said.
 
"For them both to be here in Townsville, watching them up close, we got an understanding of some of the athletic traits and skills they had."
 
"He's based in Sydney, he's a wonderful talent ID and he mentioned to keep an eye on those two in particular."
 
Campbell was receptive for Fijian talents after scouting trips to Fiji while he worked for the Storm, and coach Todd Payten was also open to offering Sadrugu and Masikau a chance to train with the Cowboys.
 
"From that it evolved naturally; we were keen to try something else – that's something Todd's really good at, he's quite willing to explore different opportunities," Campbell said.
 
Masi is almost certain to stay in the outside backs; Campbell tipped Sadrugu to make a suitable adaptation to an edge back row spot.
 
"Both of them have the ability to play in the outside backs. Iosefo is probably destined for that wing/centre type position, and provides a bit more depth and competition for spots.
 
"Taniela has come from not only playing Sevens but was also part of provincial rugby 15s back in Fiji where he played flanker. He's probably a bit different in that he really, really enjoys the collisions, really enjoys the contact side of the game.
 
"He has the athleticism to play in the outside backs but with his thirst for contact he could certainly evolve as a forward.
 
"Even the last two days I can see dramatic improvements in picking up the calls and their understanding of what their roles are going to be.”
 
"Which is really exciting, if they're doing that after a week we can only imagine what they'll be doing after a month then after three to six months' time.”
 
"They're on train-and-trials at the moment, the opportunity is there for them to work really hard.
 
"We've got two places available in our top 30 that we haven't filled yet. I'm not guaranteeing one or even two of those guys will sneak up. This year for them is more about learning the nuances of rugby league,” he added.
 
By Romeka Romena   

 


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