Trio to make debut | Gollings, Fuli name squads for first 7s leg

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Fiji 7s coach Ben Gollings at the Nadi International Airport. Picture: REINAL CHAND/FILE

FIJI Airways men’s national 7s head coach Ben Gollings has named three debutants his side for the opening two tournaments of the 2023-2024 HSBC SVNS Series in Dubai and Cape Town which starts this weekend.

Ilikimi Vunaki, Netava Koroisau and Rubeni Kabu have forced their way into the national 7s side.

Gollings has named the experience of Terio Tamani, Joseva Talacolo and Sevuloni Mocenacagi.

Also making a comeback to the series is 2020 Tokyo Olympics gold medallist Kaminieli Rasaku who joins the team after ending his contract prematurely with his French club earlier this year.

Fiji is pooled with Great Britain, France and USA at the Dubai 7s which starts this Saturday.

We take on USA in our first match at 6.06pm on Saturday before playing France at 9.52pm.

The side’s last pool match is against Great Britian at 4am on Sunday.

Cup quarterfinals begin at 6.58pm Sunday, semifinals start at 10.04pm while the final is scheduled for 3.53am on Monday.

Meanwhile, Fijiana 7s coach Saiasi Fuli has also named a strong team for the opening leg of the 2023-2024 SVNS Series.

Fuli has gone with the experience of Ana Naimasi, Aloesi Nakoci, Raijeli Daveua, Vani Buleki, Younis Bese, Maria Rokotuisiga and Reapi Uluinasau.

Joining them will be Talei Wilson, Laisani Moceisawana, Lavenia Cavuru, Viniana Riwai, Ilisapeci Delaiwau and Mereani Rogosau.

The Fijiana side is grouped in Pool A with New Zealand, Great Britain and South Africa.