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Tuwai misses out while Kunatani and Bolaca makes it into the final squad

Tuwai misses out while Kunatani and Bolaca makes it into the final squad

Dual Olympic Games gold medalist Jerry Tuwai will not be part of the Toulouse and London 7s as Fiji Airways Fijian 7s Head Coach Ben Gollings named his final 13-member squad.

Tuwai who has been very instrumental whenever he is on the field, unfortunately will miss out the upcoming tournaments as he was not well which hindered his preparation in the beginning of the camp.

Gollings said “I want to support him have better preparation and as we build towards commonwealth games and World Cup he does not need to prove his quality whilst we look at players. He is on standby if we have any injuries.”

He added Jerry has maintained his Coaching role supporting the team.

Semi Kunatani returns on the World stage after a lapse of 5 years. The “Beast” is expected to add more fire power and experience in the forward pack which consists of Josua Vakurinabili, Joseva Talacolo, Tevita Daugunu, Elia Canakaivata and Jerry Matana.

“Semi is good for experience and has been working very hard to get this opportunity. He is great around the players and provides good leadership” said Gollings.

Napolioni Bolaca also makes his comeback after spending a short time with the Fijian Drua.

Gollings added “Bolaca has been working hard with Fijian Drua and with us. I want to see him play. He’s a great addition to the squad. Obviously there’s adjustments but I’m sure he will adapt well.

The Head Coach has maintained his seasonal and core players from last leg. Speedster Filipe Sauturaga and hard hitting back Manueli Maisamoa have been included in the squad after missing the last leg due to injuries.

The Toulouse 7s will be held from 21st to 23rd while the London tournament will be played 29th and 30th of May.

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s Squad

  1. Josua Vakurinabili
  2. Joseva Talacolo
  3. Elia Canakaivata
  4. Tevita Daugunu {c}
  5. Semi Kunatani
  6. Jeremaia Matana
  7. Pilipo Bukayaro
  8. Waisea Nacuqu {v/c}
  9. Napolioni Bolaca
  10. Kaminieli Rasaku
  11. Filipe Sauturaga
  12. Manueli Maisamoa
  13. Vuiviawa Naduvalo


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