Fijiana 7s lose two key players before the Olympics

The Fijiana 7s squad that created the biggest upset before the Olympic games by beating the defending gold medalists, Australia at the Oceania Sevens in Townsville has suffered a blow.

Weeks before the Tokyo Olympics, Fijiana 7s head coach Saiasi Fuli has announced that Vani Buleki and Luisa Tisolo will not participate in the Olympic Games due to injury. Fuli has named his 12 woman squad with three travelling reserves for the Tokyo Games.

“It’s sad to mention that two of our key players Vani Buleki and Luisa Tisolo were not considered due to serious injuries,” said Fuli.

Fuli and his team have been preparing for their Olympic campaign for months, with players having to sacrifice being away from their families till they return from Japan. Fiji also flew to Australia for the Oceania 7s for their international debut since the pandemic, competing against New Zealand, Australia and the Oceania barbarians.

The Fijiana 7s created the biggest upset since at the Oceania sevens after beating the hosts Australia, an Olympic favorite. The women of Fiji took a note from the men’s play book and put so much pressure on the defending champions that this caused them to fumble and ended with Fiji dominating the game.

The former Fijian XVs and 7s player, Fuli says that he is bent on keeping their pool oppositions on guessing what their game plan is. Fiji has been pooled with three power houses for the Olympic Games, Canada, France and Brazil, all possible contenders for a podium finish.

While they are two key players down, Fuli boasted about having former Fijiana 7s  and Olympians Rusila Nagasau and Rejieli Daveua on the squad.

Fijiana 7s squad:

Rusila Nagasau (C)

Rejieli Daveua

Sesenieli Donu

Vasiti Solikoviti

Reapi Uluinasau

Tokasa Seniyasi

Viniana Riwai

Ana Naimasi

Aloesi Nakoci

Laisana Likuceva

Roela Radiniyavuna

Lavena Cavuru.

Travelling reserves: Lavenia Tinai, Ana Maria Roqica, Rejieli Uluinayau.