Fiji Airways Men’s 7s coach, Gareth Baber has named his final 12 member team to the Rugby World Cup 7s in San Francisco beginning this Friday.
Jerry Tuwai captains a Fiji squad oozing with talent as the Pacific Islanders look to become the first side to collect a hat-trick of Rugby World Cup Sevens titles.
Former NRL star Semi Radradra, who made his 15s debut for Fiji in June's successful World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup campaign, is one of many headline acts selected by coach Gareth Baber.
Radradra's fellow France-based professional and European Player of the Year Leone Nakarawa is joined by four other players who helped Fiji win gold at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Tuwai, Jasa Veremalua, Vatemo Ravouvou and Josua Tuisova. Meanwhile, Nakarawa and Veremalua are the only players of the 12 to return from the last Rugby World Cup Sevens tournament in 2013.
World Rugby Sevens Men's Rookie of the Year, Eroni Sau has missed out on selection however, Baber believes this team will be best suited to the conditions and unique format of the Rugby World Cup competition.
The Head Coach has praised his squad for their efforts and application to the preparation camp where all players put forward a strong case for selection through their energy, intensity and determination to contribute to the team.
The Fiji Airways Men’s 7s will travel to San Francisco from Utah on Monday 16th July before commencing their Rugby World Cup 7s campaign on Friday 20th July against the winner of a qualifying match between Japan and Uruguay.
1 . Alosio Naduva
2. Amenoni Nasilasila
3. Jasa Veremalua
4. Jerry Tuwai (C)
5. Josua Tuisova
6. Kalioni Nasoko
7. Leone Nakarawa
8. Paula Dranisinikula
9. Sevuloni Mocenacagi
10. Semi Kunatani
11. Semi Radradra
12. Vatemo Ravouvou