June 17, 2022
Nine Olympians have been named in the Fiji 7s extended squad for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham next month.
Three are from the victorious 2016 Rio team; two-time Olympian Jerry Tuwai together with veteran forward, Semi Kunatani and nippy playmaker Vatemo Ravouvou.
The remaining six are the 2021 Tokyo Olympic winners; Napolioni Bolaca, Kitione Taliga, Sireli Maqala, Waisea Nacuqu, Aminiasi Tuimaba and Ratu Josua Vakurinabili.
They are also joined by Tokyo Olympics travelling reserves in Kavekini Tabu and Josefa Talacolo.
The others in the squad are Philipo Bukayaro, Elia Canakaivata, current skipper; Tevita Daugunu, Josevani Drava, Ratu Manueli Maisamoa, Jeremiah Matana, Vasikali Mudu, Vuiviwa Naduvalo, Tira Wilagi Patterson, Kaminieli Rasaku, Iowane Raturaciri, Filipe Sauturaga and Iowane Teba.
Also notable is the return of Sevuloni Mocenacagi who featured in the France 7s and former skipper Paula Dranisinikula, who has been away for work duties abroad with the Fijian Army.
The names were announced by Team Fiji Chef de Mission to Commonwealth Games Sale Sorovaki at the Olympic House in Suva today.
Sorovaki said the current squad has 26 players and it will be cut down to 19 before the final best 13 are selected by Head Coach Ben Gollings.
He also said that the Fiji 7s team will fly out to the United Kingdom for a two weeks training before their campaign at the Games in July.
Fiji 7s team won Silver at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia after losing to champs New Zealand in the final by 14-nil.
By Romeka Romena