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Baber names new faces for Hong Kong 7s

March 28, 2019 7:14 am

Police Blue playmaker Livai Ikanikoda has been named as the 14th player for the Fiji Airways 7s side in the Hong Kong and Singapore tournaments.

Ikanikoda makes a comeback into the national side after eight years.

Head Coach Gareth Baber has also called in long time extended squad member Napolioni Ratu.

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Josua Vakurunabili, Paula Dranisinukula, Ratu Meli Derenalagi and Sevuloni Mocenacagi retained their places in the forward pack together with Isoa Tabu who made his debut in the Las Vegas 7s and  Apenisa Cakaubalavu returns to the side.

Mesulame Kunavula has been dropped from the side.

Robust forward Paula Dranisinukula will captain the team in Hong Kong and Singapore 7s.

The 7s team departs for Hong Kong tomorrow.

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.

 

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s Hong Kong and Singapore 7s Tournament Team

1. Josua Vakurunabili
2. Paula Dranisinukula
3. Isoa Tabu
4. Ratu Meli Derenalagi
5. Sevuloni Mocenacagi
6. Apenisa Cakaubalavu
7. Asaeli Tuivoka
8. Jerry Tuwai
9. Terio Temani
10. Napolioni Ratu
11. Vilimoni Botitu
12. Alasio Naduva
13. Aminisai Tuimaba
14. Livai Ikanikoda

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