Viriviri amongst players named in Fiji training squad for Hong Kong and Tokyo on HSBC World Sevens Series

Viriviri amongst players named in Fiji training squad for Hong Kong and Tokyo on HSBC World Sevens Series

Vodafone Fijian 7s coach Ben Ryan has confirmed that France-based speedster Samisoni Viriviri is one of the 12 players to play in the Hong Kong-Japan leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series later this month.

Vodafone Fijian 7s coach Ben Ryan has confirmed that France-based speedster Samisoni Viriviri is one of the 12 players to play in the Hong Kong-Japan leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series later this month.

And three new players have forced their way into the 19-member Vodafone Fijian 7s squad as well.

“Viriviri is one of the 12 players,” Ryan said.

“He will not come to Fiji but will join the team straight in Hong Kong.”

Abele Yalayalatabua, Kitione Taliga from Wardens Gold and Inia Saravanua of Marist Club are the new players to join Ryan’s squad.

“The three new players have played well for their clubs,” Ryan said.

“I welcome the three new players in the squad and the onus is on them to work hard and get selected into the final 12 to be named next week.

“The three players performed well so far and they have been in top form for their respective clubs during the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s last week.”

Ryan has retained the 12 players who played in Wellington-Las Vegas last month.

Also included in the squad are Amenoni Nasilasila, Apisai Domolailai, Josaia Wini who were in the training squad before and lanky forward Pio Tuwai.

Improve your fitness and defence, towering forward Pio Tuwai was told by national sevens coach Ben Ryan as he named the 19-member Vodafone Fiji 7s team for the HSBC Sevens World Series tournaments in Hong Kong and Japan later this month.

Tuwai, 32, wowed the crowd with his uncanny ball skills, ticked every boxes required of a forward in the abbreviated code but his six month-stint in Sri Lanka has taken its toll on him.

The oldest player in the squad has put on more weight and looked heavy on the field during the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s last weekend.

"Pio, he did thing right with the ball and everything required of a forward," Ryan said.

"He showed that he still has that off-loading skills but he is a bit heavy on the field. He needs to improve on his defence.

"I will want to see how quickly he can improve his fitness. If he is fit then he can be in the team."

The squad starts training tomorrow at the Uprising Resort in Deuba.

The Hong Kong 7s is from March 27-29 while the Japan 7s is from April 4-5.

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The Squad

Abele Yalayalatabua, Amenoni Nasilasila, Apisai Domolailai, Emosi Mulevoro, Inia Saravanua, Isake Katonibau, Jasa Veremalua, Josaia Wini, Kitione Taliga, Manu Laqai, Osea Kolinisau, Pio Tuwai, Samisoni Viriviri, Savenaca Rawaca, Semi Kunatani, Seremaia Tuwai, Sitiveni Waqa, Vatemo Ravouvou, Viliame Mata.