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Ikanikoda is the right choice: Baber

March 28, 2019 12:05 pm
Livai Ikanikoda

Fiji Airways 7s head coach Gareth Baber says Livai Ikanikoda is the right choice to replace Vatemo Ravouvou and Amenoni Nasilasila in the playmaker position.

Baber says he has been looking for an appropriate player in the position after Nasilasila and Ravouvou were dropped from the squad.

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Baber says Ikanikoda is well experienced in the play-maker position and he is physical in what he does on the playing field.

“Livai playing exceptionally well last weekend and I thought both he and Nasilasila stand out in that tournament and it is no secret that I’m looking for play-makers and not have the likes of Amenoni and also Vatemo to pick from and obviously you looking for someone who’s control of the ball and obviously Livai had been playing well not only Marist 7s but other tournaments as well and he gets that opportunity now to come and don the white jersey.”

The 7s team departed for Hong Kong this morning.

They are pooled with arch-rivals New Zealand, Australia and Kenya.

Fiji meets Kenya at 11.37pm next Friday in its opening pool match, they will then play Australia at 5.13pm Saturday before taking on New Zealand at 8.55pm.

The cup quarterfinals starts at 2.58pm on Sunday, cup semifinal final begins at 7.41pm and the cup final kicks off at 11pm on Sunday.

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