Tuivuaka set for World 7s Series return
January 10, 2020 12:51 pm
Asaeli Tuivuaka [middle] during the Fiji 7s team training at Uprising Resort in Pacific Harbour. [Source: Fiji Rugby]
Asaeli Tuivuaka may return to the World Rugby Sevens Series for Fiji in Hamilton.
He is part of the 16 member extended squad currently in camp at Uprising Resort in Pacific Harbour.
With Kalione Nasoko and Paula Dranisinukula who are in the 16 men squad not available for the next leg, this means Tuivuaka is expected to be named in the final 14 men side.
Tuivuaka was one of the new stars of last season and was given the nickname ‘The Tank’ by World Series commentator Sean Maloney because of his aggressiveness and ruthlessness.
But Fiji 7s Head Coach Gareth Baber says Tuivuaka will have to be cool-headed at times.
Baber adds the former national under 20 winger will need to make wise decisions on the field.
‘You know he’s a strong player, he likes the physical confrontation with the ball or without the ball. What we needed to do with him is get him to understand that he needs to control that and he needs to channel it to when he is a good position to play and no swinging arms, no looking at finishing off people after a tackle, no hitting anybody late. Let’s be honest about how we play the game but tough enough to play the game the way we are, we are good enough to play the game the way we are and don’t give opposition piggybacks’.
Tuivuaka, who is the younger brother of former Fiji 7s rep Abele Yalayalatabua made his debut at the USA 7s last year and immediately stamped his mark in the World Series with his physicality.
The 23-year-old is also the nephew of former Fiji 7s skipper Setefano Cakau.
Other players who are expected to make the cut for the next leg include Suliano Volivoli, Livai Ikanikoda and 20-year-old Kaminieli Rasaku.
Fiji will play Samoa, Australia and Argentina in pool play at the Hamilton 7s which will be held on the 25th and 26th of this month.
|MATCH||TIME||TEAM 1||SCORE||TEAM 2||POOL|
|M4||12:03PM||South Africa||-||Japan||Pool B|
|M8||01:31PM||New Zealand||-||Wales||Pool A|
|M12||05:30PM||South Africa||-||England||Pool B|
|M16||07:33PM||New Zealand||-||USA||Pool A|
|M20||11:13AM||South Africa||-||Kenya||Pool B|
|M24||12:41PM||New Zealand||-||Scotland||Pool A|
|M25||3:20PM||1st Pool B||-||1st Pool C||Cup Semifinal|
|M26||3:42PM||1st Pool A||-||1st Pool D||Cup Semifinal|
|M27||04:10PM||3rd Best 4th||-||4th Best 4th||15th Place Play-off|
|M28||4:32PM||Best 4th||-||2nd Best 4th||13th Place Play-off|
|M29||4:54PM||3rd Best 3rd||-||4th Best 4th||11th Place Play-off|
|M30||5:16PM||Best 3rd||-||2nd Best 3rd||9th Place Play-off|
|M31||5:38PM||3rd Best 2nd||-||4th Best 2nd||7th Place Play-off|
|M32||6:00PM||Best 2nd||-||2nd Best 2nd||5th Place Play-off|
|M33||6:59PM||Loser M25||-||Loser M26||Bronze Final|
|M34||7:56AM||Winner M25||-||Winner M26||Cup Final|