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Tuwai back as Fijian men defend Olympic rugby sevens gold

Tuwai back as Fijian men defend Olympic rugby sevens gold

WELLINGTON, Novel Zealand (AP) — Rio de Janeiro gold medalist Jerry Tuwai will captain the defending champion Fiji men’s crew within the rugby sevens tournament at the Tokyo Olympics.

Tuwai was a member of the Fiji crew that obtained gold within the first-ever Olympic sevens competition in 2016.

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The 2019 World Sevens Player of the Yr will lead an skilled Fiji crew which is ready to inaugurate among the gold medal favorites in Tokyo. Coach Gareth Baber made the final decision on the make-up of his 12-man squad after Fiji’s bewitch at the Oceania Sevens tournament gradual last month in Townsville, Australia.

Baber acknowledged he had long gone for a combination of strength and dawdle.

Kalione Nasoko, Josua Vakurinabili, Meli Derenalagi and Asaeli Tuivuaka present the strength up front while Waisea Nacuqu, Napolioni Ratu, Aminiasi Tuimaba and Vilimoni Botitu add velocity within the backline.

“I’m truly enraged in what the community brings,” Baber acknowledged. “It’s a steadiness between the strength which is a astronomical fragment of our sport and the dawdle that we are ready to position into it. We continue to glimpse to supply an clarification for the aerial battles on the discipline as properly as growing our strength at win 22 situation-fragment.”

England-based celebrity Semi Radradra will be a half of the Fiji crew in Tokyo subsequent week after lacking the Oceania tournament. Baber expects Radradra to easily fit into the Fiji squad.

“I do know him as a person, an athlete and he retains himself in a supreme condition,” Baber acknowledged. “He is blessed to indulge in the capacity level of a sevens participant even supposing he predominantly performs 15s and has carried out outstanding work for us when he played for us both in sevens or 15s.”

Fiji has been drawn in Pool B at the Olympic tournament along with Britain, Canada and Japan. Competitors begins on July 26.

The Fiji women’s crew is lacking two key avid gamers, Vani Buleki and Luisa Tisolo, who indulge in been injured at the Oceania Sevens.

Coach Saiasi Fuli is confident within the squad he has chosen which incorporates 2016 Olympians Rusila Nagasau — the crew captain — and Rejieli Daveua. Fiji accomplished eighth total in Rio.

Most thoroughly different avid gamers indulge in been an element of the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Series. Freshmen encompass Sesenieli Donu, Reapi Uluinasau and Laisana Likuceva.

“We indulge in been blessed to play in opposition to Novel Zealand and Australia the set I had a chance . . . to glimpse who can soak up the field when wished,” Fuli acknowledged.


Fiji squads:

Men: Kalione Nasoko, Josua Vakurinabili, Meli Derenalagi, Iosefo Masi, Asaeli Tuivuaka, Semi Radradra, Vilimoni Botitu, Waisea Nacuqu, Napolioni Bolaca, Jiuta Wainiqolo, Aminiasi Tuimaba, Jerry Tuwai (captain). Reserves: Sireli Maqala, Kitione Taliga, Joseva Talacolo, Kavekini Tabu.

Women: Rusila Nagasau (captain), Rejieli Daveua, Sesenieli Donu, Vasiti Solikoviti, Reapi Uluinasau, Tokasa Seniyasi, Viniana Riwai, Ana Naimasi, Aloesi Nakoci, Laisana Likuceva, Roela Radiniyavuna, Lavena Cavuru. Reserves: Lavenia Tinai, Ana Maria Roqica, Rejieli Uluinayau.


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Tuwai back as Fijian men defend Olympic rugby sevens gold