London Sevens: Waisea Nacuqu and Jerry Tuwai fit for Fiji

By Michael Hudson

Fiji Sevens head coach Gareth Baber has made one key change to the squad who played in Singapore as he welcomes the return of playmaker Waisea Nacuqu.

The last time Nacuqu played for Fiji was at the Las Vegas tournament where he suffered a fractured collarbone. Nacuqu, however, has recovered in time to be selected for the London Sevens.

Jerry Tuwai was part of the Singapore Sevens squad where he picked up an hamstring injury but he is now fit and will be travelling to London with the squad.

Baber believes the players selected are ready to deliver in London and expects the team to be focused.

“We know the challenge ahead of us. We have a mission going into the next two tournaments and I believe the players named in the squad are ready to deliver at the London 7s next weekend,” Baber was quoted saying by Fiji Rugby.

“We know there’s a lot of expectation around this tournament, but pressure is just a perception, it’s not real, and it’s up to us to keep our minds on what we have to do to play our way and execute what we want to do as a team on the park.”

Fiji are second on the HSBC World Sevens Series standings on 142 points, three points behind series leaders USA (145 points) and 12 points clear of third-placed New Zealand (130). With Olympic qualification guaranteed, Fiji will be aiming to displace USA from the top of the standings and win the world series.

Fiji have been drawn in Group B of the London Sevens with Kenya, France and Samoa.

Complete squad list: Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Josua Vakurinabili,Isoa Tabu,Paula Dranisinukula (C),Apenisa Cakaubalavu,Ratu Meli Derenalagi,Filimoni Botitu,Livai Ikanikoda, Jerry Tuwai, Alasio Naduva, Aminiasi Tuimaba, Waisea Nacuqu, Napolioni Ratu, Asaeli Tuivoka.

Main photo credit: World Rugby

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