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Baber includes promising new talent in 13 men team for Oceania 7s

Baber includes promising new talent in 13 men team for Oceania 7s

By Navitalai Naivalurua
Wednesday 06/11/2019
Fiji Airways Men's National 7s coach Gareth Baber

Fiji Airways Men's National 7s coach Gareth Baber has included promising new talent in his 13-men team for the Oceania 7s which kicks off tomorrow.

Forward Kavekini Tabu and utility back Rusiate Matai have been named in the squad since World Rugby Player of the Year Jerry Tuwai is not available.

Another promising inclusion is Vodafone Fiji Under-20 rep Simione Kuruvoli who is the 13th player.

Baber says he wants to see these players playing in a competitive environment and also where are they are in terms of their fitness level.

Other players in the team are Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Josua Vakurunabili, Ratu Meli Derenalagi, Apenisa Cakaubalavu

Filimoni Botitu, Waisea Nacuqu, Terio Tamani, and speedster Aminiasi Tuimaba.

Nacuqu will lead the team as Baber has rested captain Paula Dranisinukula.

Fiji is pooled with New Zealand, Japan, New Caledonia and Niue in Pool A.

The Oceania 7s kicks off tomorrow and will finish on Saturday at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

Fiji will play Niue at 1.34pm tomorrow, their second game is against Japan SDS at 7.26pm tomorrow, Fiji plays New Caledonia at 3.02pm on Friday before playing the final pool game against New Zealand at 7.26pm Friday.

Meanwhile, seven members of the extended squad are travelling to Australia with Assistant Coach Joe Savou to participate in the Darwin 7s.

They are Asaeli Tuivuaka, Anasa Qaranivalu, Veniona Vuki, Livai Ikanikoda, Tevita Mociu and Kameli Rasaku.

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team for Oceania 7s

Sevuloni Mocnacagi

Josua Vakurunabili

Isoa Tabu

Kavekini Tabu

Apenisa Cakaubalavu

Ratu Meli Derenalagi

Filimoni Botitu

Waisea Nacuqu

Terio Tamani

Napolioni Bolaca

Aminiasi Tuimaba

Rusiate Matai

Simione Kuruvoli

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