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3 brothers to play together for Fiji 7s for the first time

November 6, 2019 1:09 pm
From left: Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Isoa Tabu and Kavekini Tabu

For the first time in the modern era three brothers will play together for the Fiji 7s side.

Sevuloni Mocenacagi and Isoa Tabu will be joined by their younger brother Kavekini Tabu when they run out at the Oceania 7s which starts tomorrow at the ANZ Stadium.

When rugby turned professional 24 years ago a few set of brothers have managed to play together for the Fiji 7s team.

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Over the years Peni Rokodiva and Tomasi Mawi have done it, Avenisi Vasuinubu and Waisea Nayacalevu and last season it was Mocenacagi and Isoa Tabu.

But never have three brothers played together in the white jersey in one tournament during this professional era and that is about to change.

Yamacia forwards Mocenacagi, Isoa and Kavekini Tabu will be teaming up in the national jumper for the first time and playing in front of the home crowd.

Head Coach Gareth Baber says he wants to give new players like Kavekini some game time at the Oceania 7s.

‘It’s a bit of a mix in the squad obviously I believe in giving the new players little developing in finding their feet the best opportunity to do that and it comes with having a bit of experience around you at the same time I know how competitive this will be having to play the likes of New Zealand, the Japanese Development team and other teams in our pool and it’s important we give them the opportunity to show what they’ve got’.

Baber has also included seven core members of Fiji’s 2018/2019 World 7s series squad including Mocenacagi, World 7s Rookie of the Year Ratu Meli Derenalagi, Josua Vakurunabili, Filimoni Botitu, Waisea Nacuqu, Terio Tamani and Aminiasi Tuimaba headlines a star-studded Fijian lineup.

They will be joined by Napolioni Ratu, Apenisa Cakaubalavu and Rusiate Matai.

National Under 20 halfback Simione Kuruvoli is the 13th player.

Fiji is pooled with New Zealand, Japan Development, New Caledonia and Niue.

The Oceania 7s starts tomorrow at the ANZ Stadium in Suva with the Deaf and Women’s competition. The Fiji Men’s 7s side will play their first match tomorrow against Niue at 1:34pm before their last match at 7:26pm against Japan SDS.

Thursday 07 November
Women 11:00AMSamoa21 - 19 Cook IslandsWomen's Pool C
Women 11:22AMPNG52 - 0 TongaWomen's Pool C
M111:44AMTonga29 - 5 American SamoaPool C
M212:06PMAustralia52 - 7 VanuatuPool C
M312:28PMCook Islands31 - 22TuvaluPool B
M412:50PMSamoa33 - 7PNGPool B
M501:12PMNew Zealand57 - 0New CaledoniaPool A
M601:34PMFiji57 - 7NiuePool A
Women01:56PMCanada5 - 19AustraliaWomen's Pool A
Women02:18PMNew Zealand26 - 5JapanWomen's Pool A
M702:40PMTonga34 - 10VanuatuPool C
M803:02PMNauru14 - 17American SamoaPool C
M903:24PMCook Islands5- 17PNGPool B
M1003:46PMSolomon Islands12 - 5TuvaluPool B
M1104:02PMNew Zealand38 - 0NiuePool A
M1204:30AMJapan50 - 0New CaledoniaPool A
M1304:52PMNauru17 - 14Solomon IslandsWomen's Pool B
Women05:14PMFiji48 - 0VanuatuWomen's Pool B
M1305:36PMAmerican Samoa19 - 7VanuatuPool C
M1405:58PMAustralia59 - 17NauruPool C
M1506:20PMTuvalu0 - 29PNGPool B
M1606:42PMSamoa45 - 0Solomon IslandsPool B
M1707:04PMNew Caledonia17 - 7NiuePool A
M1807:26PMFiji31 - 0JapanPool A
Friday08 November
M1901:12PMTonga34 - 5NauruPool C
M2001:34PMAustralia66 - 0American SamoaPool C
M2101:56PMCool Islands14 - 21Solomon IslandsPool B
M2202:18PMSamoa47 - 0TuvaluPool B
M2302:40PMNew Zealand14 - 17JapanPool A
M2403:02PMFiji66 - 0New CaledoniaPool A
M2505:36PMNauru14 - 19VanuatuPool C
M2605:58PMAustralia24 - 0TongaPool C
M2706:20PMSolomon Islands12 - 24PNGPool B
M2806:42PMSamoa41 - 0Cook IslandsPool B
M2907:04PMJapan31 - 0NiuePool A
M3007:26PMFiji21 - 15New ZealandPool A
Saturday09 November
M3904:14PMFiji33 - 0JapanInternational Final
M4307:50PMFijiana24 - 12AustraliaWomens Cup Final
M3404:14PMFiji7 - 22AustraliaOceania 7s Mens final

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