23rd January 12:27 PM
Top rookies from last season return for Fiji 7s for Dubai and Capetown tournaments
By Navitalai Naivalurua
Wednesday 27/11/2019
Tuimaba, Derenalagi and Botitu in action for Fiji 7s on the sevens series.

The top rookies of the Fiji Airways Men’s National 7s team last year, Aminiasi Tuimaba, Vilimoni Botitu and Ratu Meli Derenalagi will feature in their second HSBC World Sevens Series outing in next month’s Dubai 7s.

Fiji 7s coach, Gareth Baber has also kept 8 players from last years Dubai 7s including Waisea Nacuqu, Jerry Tuwai, Botitu, Derenalagi, Tuimaba, Apenisa Cakaubalavu, Alasio Naduva and Sevuloni Mocenacagi.

Baber says each and every player has contributed massively over the last two years and they are looking to build their confidence on field with each other, build their ability to play as a group and deliver the game as they need.

Fiji is pooled with Japan, France and Argentina at the Dubai 7s.

Fiji’s first pool match is against Japan at 4.02am next Friday, Fiji will then take on Argentina at 10.04pm the same night and they will face France in their last match at 4.02am next Saturday.

The quarterfinals will be held at 8.14pm next Saturday, the semifinals will be at 12am next Sunday while the final will be at 4.02am next Sunday.

Barring any upsets, Fiji is likely to meet South Africa, England or Kenya in the quarter-final, they can face South Africa or France in the semi-final and is likely to meet New Zealand or the USA in the final of the Dubai 7s.


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