Extended Fiji Rugby Sevens squad heads back into camp ahead of the Dubai 7s

Extended Fiji Rugby Sevens squad heads back into camp ahead of the Dubai 7s

As Fiji head back into camp ahead of the Dubai Rugby Sevens, Ben Ryan extends his squad to look at further players including former stars Jasa Veremalua and Jiuta Lutumailagi with players due to be released back to their clubs for the Coral Coast Sevens which will act as as final trials for the squad.

DIGICEL Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan has retained most of the players that featured for the national side in the opening leg of the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series in Gold Coast, Australia last month.

All except one have been included in the 23-member national squad which went into camp today in Pacific Harbour to prepare for the next leg of the series in Dubai and South Africa.

Former national sevens rugby reps Jasa Veremalua, Emosi Mulevoro, Jiuta Lutumailagi, James Brown and Leo Naikasau are training with the Digicel Fiji 7s squad for the upcoming Dubai 7s.

Manueli Laqai who was injured during the Gold Coast 7s has been left out as he needs couple of months to fully recover from the knee injury.

Fiji 7s team manager Ropate Kauvesi said they had included seasoned 7s campaigners in the extended squad.

He confirmed former Fiji 7s rep Pio Tuwai was also part of the squad.

"It's the extended squad of 23 players marching into camp and basically going fitness test and few other areas," Kauvesi said.

"Coach Ben Ryan will be doing some ground work as well.

"We will be breaking camp on Friday at 1pm and the players will be released for their respective clubs for the Coral Coast 7s."

Kauvesi said the Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast 7s tournament would serve as the trials for the team.

He asked players to "come with open mind" and be prepared to receive the message that Ryan would be imparting to them during the three-day camp.

"We are known to be the world champions but we are not at that stage right now.

"The players have to lift the mark to the standard required at the international stage.

"The players should be prepared to get a taste of what England has seen for the past six years."

The Dubai 7s will be held on November 29 and 30