Tuqiri and Soejima make Japan 7s Rio Olympics team

Tuqiri and Soejima make Japan 7s Rio Olympics team

By Ana Ravulo
Monday 18/07/2016
Fiji born players Kameli Soejima and Lote Tuqiri.

Fiji born players Kameli Soejima and Lote Tuqiri have been selected in the Japanese 7s team to the Rio Olympics next month.

Soejima and Tuqiri have been seasonal campaigners for the Japanese team in the past couple of seasons and have contributed heavily in their qualifier from the Asian qualifying tournament.

Yusaku Kuwazuru will lead the team as captain.

Kenki Fukuoka is the only member of Japan’s Rugby World Cup 2015 squad to make the final cut for Rio 2016, with Akihito Yamada and Yoshikazu Fujita missing out on the chance to win a medal at rugby sevens.

Men's squad: Kameli Seojima, Yusaku Kuwazuru (captain), Lote Tuqiri, Katsuyuki Sakai, Shohei Toyoshima, Lomano Lemeki , Masakatsu Hikosaka, Kazushi Hano, Teruya Goto, Yoshitaka Tokunaga, Kenki Fukuoka, Kazuhiro Goya.

Japan is in Pool C with New Zealand, Great Britain and Kenya.

Meanwhile the Fiji team 7s players will go back to camp today.

The men’s and women’s teams will undergo one more week of training at the Uprising Beach Resort training camp before leaving for Rio this Saturday and next Tuesday.

Fiji will take on Brazil in their first Rio Olympics pool game at 4.30am on August 10th, they will then face Argentina at 9.30am before taking on USA at 4.30am on August 11th.

Source: worldrugby.org


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