Fijian community bids farewell to our seven-a-side teams in style

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Fiji’s Fiji men’s rugby sevens coach Saiasi Fuli said Fijians’ support in Dubai had been encouraging throughout both tournaments.

Left to right: Fiji Airways Fijiana 7 half-back Reapi Uluinasau, Latif Galadari, Sesenieli Donu and coach Saiasi Fuli cut the cake at the Fijian community farewell dinner in Dubai on December 4, 2021. Photo : Kelepi Abariga

Fiji’s Fiji men’s rugby sevens coach Saiasi Fuli said Fijians’ support in Dubai had been encouraging throughout both tournaments.

He made the comments during a farewell dinner hosted by the Fijian community at Latif and Raja Galadari’s residence on Saturday.

Also in attendance were Fiji’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates Naipote Katonitabua, Maestro of the Seven Waisale Serevi and former Flying Fijians No.8 Sisa Koyamaibole.

The Fiji men’s team placed ninth while the Fijian women’s team at 7 finished second in their competition.

The left-wing teams left Dubai yesterday.

Pool of death

The Fijian men’s team, captain of Josua Vakurinabili, are in a tough pool for the second leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series which takes place in Spain from January 21-23.

The Fijians are in Pool A where they face South Africa, leader of the Series, before facing England and Scotland.

The reigning series champion New Zealand, who is making a comeback, is in Pool B where they face Australia, Ireland and Japan.

Argentina lead Pool C, followed by the United States of America (USA), which host Spain and Samoa.

France leads Pool D where they face Kenya, Wales and Canada.

Nacuqu tops

Fijian men’s 7-a-side playmaker Waisea Nacuqu topped the DHL Impact Player table in the second round of the Dubai Sevens tournament.

The Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold medalist made 12 tackles, including 6

loads, 6 breaks and 18 litters for a total of 60 points.

Australian Josh Turner finished second at 57 with Fijian-born Japanese forward Kameli Soejima.

Meanwhile, Nacuqu topped the list of Fijian try scorers with 6 tries in the second round of the Dubai 7s.

He was followed by captain Josua Vakurinabili with four, while in third place for two tries each are Joseva Talacolo, Kaminieli Rasaku, Elia Canakaivata and Tevita Daugunu.


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