Sevens

Ryan names 12-member squad for London 7s

The Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan has named his 12-member squad to feature at the HSBC Sevens World Series finale at Twickenham stadium this weekend. Fiji Rugby published the squad for the London 7s on their website a short while ago: Apisai Domolailai Jasa Veremalua Waisea Nayacalevu Isake Katonibau Viliame Mata Amenoni Nasilasila Osea Kolinisau […]

Calvin Prasad

May 20, 2016 9:18 pm

The Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan has named his 12-member squad to feature at the HSBC Sevens World Series finale at Twickenham stadium this weekend.

The Vodafone Fiji 7s team in training earlier this week. (Ben Ryan/Twitter).
The Vodafone Fiji 7s team in training earlier this week. (Ben Ryan/Twitter).

Fiji Rugby published the squad for the London 7s on their website a short while ago:

  1. Apisai Domolailai
  2. Jasa Veremalua
  3. Waisea Nayacalevu
  4. Isake Katonibau
  5. Viliame Mata
  6. Amenoni Nasilasila
  7. Osea Kolinisau
  8. Masivesi Dakuwaqa
  9. Seremaia Tuwai
  10. Kitione Dawai
  11. Samisoni Viriviri
  12. Jarryd Hayne

Fiji is in Pool B with England, Wales and Australia in the London tournament. They will take on England in their first pool match at (11.04pm) tomorrow, face Wales at 1.48am and play Australia at 4.45am on Sunday.

Fiji will retain the World Sevens Series title if they progress to the quarter-finals.

Earlier this week, media frenzy surrounded the inclusion of former NRL star and San Francisco 49’s Jarred Hayne into the Fiji 7s training squad.

Jarryd Hayne training with the Fiji 7s squad in London this week. (Twitter).
Jarryd Hayne training with the Fiji 7s squad in London this week. (Twitter).

Questions on Hayne’s eligibility prompted World Rugby to release a statement clarifying that he was eligible for the London round “subject to all other regulatory and registration matters being met”.

WORLD RUGBY: “He would also be immediately included in World Rugby’s pre-Rio 2016 risk-based testing program, which since January 2016 has included a comprehensive program of targeted in and out of competition blood and urine testing on players likely to compete in Rio.”

Earlier today (OPINION):

At 8.30pm tonight, the world’s media will erupt into another ‪#‎breakingnews‬ sequence. Two versions of the same story are already composed. Which one spreads across millions of Facebook feeds depends on whether a list of twelve athletes, forming a rugby team from a remote island nation, includes the words “Jarryd Hayne”.

The man controlling this news cycle is the ginger-haired sensei who has long secured a spot in the hearts of 800,000+ Fijians the world over.

This time, is the pressure too much for the man behind Fiji’s success on the world Sevens stage over the past two years? ‘Pundits’ everywhere certainly think so.

However, the winners emerging from the ‘tweet’ that answers the question that was captivating the world are already known.

And the winners are, Fiji and Rugby 7s. The boost from being in the world media spotlight has elevated brand Fiji, and there is a promise of more to come. It has positioned Rugby 7s as a sport able to attract star players even from across codes, even if through the lure of an Olympic medal.

Whether our ’15-minutes’ equates to lucrative sponsorship offers remains to be seen.

We are equally eager to see the team list for the ‪#‎London7s‬, but our judgment is unaffected by the Hayne frenzy of the past week. Over the past several months, the glitter of Gold at a distance has become brighter and clearer.
We have never been closer, never been stronger, never been surer than we are today.

Va’amalua, Set!? Relax Mada!

Bring on the #London7s. ‪#‎TosoViti‬#‎GoFijiGo‬ ‪#‎RioOlympics‬.

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