Naikadawa to miss Wellington 7s Underline 28 November, 2011
Jimilai Naikadawa likely to miss Wellington 7s
A serious knee injury has cut short Jimilai Naikadawa’s foray into sevens rugby after just one tournament. Naikadawa’s injury occurred in the final of the Gold Coast 7s when he was turned awkwardly in a tackle. 

Fiji rugby’s national team physiotherapist, William Koong, says the incident has likely ruled out the player from all levels of rugby for at least two months. 

“Jimilai has ruptured most of the ligaments in his knee and has also strained his calf muscles and will likely need surgical intervention to get him to recover quickly to allow him to continue playing,” Koong said. 

This means it’s highly unlikely the Nakorosule villager will be available for the Wellington and Las Vegas 7s in February. Also struggling to make the Wellington 7s will be current Digicel Fiji 7s team captain Setefano Cakau, who’s outstanding form at the Gold Coast 7s was also cut short by a knee injury in the final against New Zealand. 

Koong believes with intense physiotherapy Cakau may have enough recovery time to make the flight to Wellington. 

“Cakau should be placed on a brace for the next week and monitored, he will need to undergo intense physiotherapy for the next six weeks to be able to participate in the Wellington 7s tournament.” 

Replacements for the two players - Pio Tuwai and Ameniasi Nava – left the country this morning with head coach Alifereti Dere to join the rest of the team in Dubai.
Other November 2011 News Underline
Rugby World Cup 2011 Game Analysis 30 November, 2011 
The International Rugby Board - Who runs the show? 29 November, 2011 
Kunatuba names Fijiana training squad 29 November, 2011 
IRB Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Outstanding Certificates 29 November, 2011 
Naikadawa to miss Wellington 7s 28 November, 2011 
2012 extended national training squad named 28 November, 2011 
Digicel Fiji storm to Gold Coast Sevens title 27 November, 2011 
Vunibola to start at Gold Coast 7s 24 November, 2011 
Fiji Indo squad named for Fiji TV Nadi 7s 24 November, 2011 
Those that went and stay at homers 24 November, 2011 
Europe - maximizing returns 21 November, 2011 
Ifereimi to rub shoulders with rugby legends at charity event 21 November, 2011 
Eliota Fuimaono Sapolu Appeal Committee Reserves Judgement 21 November, 2011 
Kenatale joins Barbarians for Wallabies Test 17 November, 2011 
Baravilala appointed FRU CEO 15 November, 2011 
Fiji Rugby announces Digicel Fiji 7s squad for Gold Coast 14 November, 2011 
Naitasiri claim's Sigatoka 7s 12 November, 2011 
The coaching merry-go-round 11 November, 2011 
Lautoka 1 top seeds for Fiji TV 7s 10 November, 2011 
Fiji drawn with New Zealand in Gold Coast 7s 08 November, 2011 
Dere appointed Digicel Fiji 7s head coach 07 November, 2011 
The Jubilee Time Capsule 04 November, 2011 
Development 7s team returns from Vanua Levu 03 November, 2011 
Kunatuba appointed Oceania Women's Rugby Development Officer 03 November, 2011 
Lee Smith's Coaching Corner - Where to from here? 02 November, 2011 
Younger generation taking their chances 01 November, 2011 
Media Advisory - Western Under 18 and Under 19 players 01 November, 2011 
Media Advisory - Eastern Under 18 and Under 19 players 01 November, 2011 
Women and Fiji Indo for Fiji TV Sigatoka 7s 01 November, 2011 
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