3 players to make their World Series debut as 8 World Cup winners back for Fiji’s title defence in Hong Kong

3 players to make their World Series debut as 8 World Cup winners back for Fiji’s title defence in Hong Kong

By Rusiate Baleilevuka
Thursday 27/10/2022

Fiji Airways Men’s National 7s coach, Ben Gollings has named eight players from the World Cup winning side for next week’s Hong Kong 7s with captain Waisea Nacuqu, Sevuloni Moceinacagi and Josua Vakurinabili the only three players who featured in the team that last won in 2019.

Gollings has also named World Cup winners Josefa Talacolo, Jerry Matana, Pilipo Bukayaro, Filipe Sauturaga and Vuiviawa Naduvalo.

The three new players who will be making their World Sevens Series debut are Tira Welagi, Josevani Soro and the 13th player – Paula Nayacakalou.

Gollings says some players have moved on and it's time to allow the players who have been working hard in the squad.

He adds that they will fight to keep the record alive and make it six wins in a row.

Meanwhile Gollings says Jerry Tuwai has been rested and has been given some time off with the family.

Fiji is pooled with USA, Spain and Japan.

The Hong Kong 7s will be held from next Friday to Sunday.

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s traveling squad

Josefa Talacolo

Josua Vakurinabili

Jerry Matana

Tira Welagi

Josevani Soro

Sevuloni Moceinacagi

Philipo Bukayaro

Waisea Nacuqu

Filipe Sauturaga

Manueli Maisamoa

Vuiviawa Naduvalo

Iowane Teba

Paula Nayacakalou

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