Fiji Sevens captain Kalione Nasoko could return for London event

By Machuki Sundaa

Fijian Sevens Captain Kalione Nasoko may return from injury in time to feature in the remaining tournaments of the HSBC World Sevens Series.

Nasoko missed out on two legs because of a knee injury suffered earlier in Vancouver. He was among the Fiji players applying for United Kingdom and France visas in Tappoo City. London and Paris are staging the final two tournaments of the 10-leg 2018/19 world series.

Waisea Nacuqu, who is still recovering from a collarbone fracture, is part of the training squad but is yet to be confirmed in the squad to travel to Europe.

Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor told SUN sports that Nasoko and Nacuqu joined the extended squad in training earlier on in the week.

“They had a combined training session. They are now working on the administration side of things, like applying for their visas to the UK and France,” O’Connor was quoted as saying.

According to SUN sports, other players applying for visas were stand-in captain Paul Dranisinukula, Josua Vakurinabili, Sevuloni Mocencagi, Jerry Tuwai, Ala-sio Naduva, Vilimoni Botitu, Meli Derenalagi, Livai Ikanikoda, Terio Tamani, Asaeli Tuivoka and Aminiasi Tuimaba.

With three weeks until the London Sevens, it is welcome news for Fiji to have Tuwai regaining his form after an injury in Singapore.

The Gareth Baber-coached side will aim to overtake series leaders the USA, who lead the Fijians by three points with two tournaments left.

Fiji are seeded first in Pool B where they will play against Samoa, France and Kenya. The London Sevens will be held on 25-26 May at Twickenham Stadium.

Main Photo credit: Mike Lee – KLC fotos, World Rugby

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