Fiji to have two sides compete at the Uprising Sevens

Getty Images and James Mortimer     17 Jan 2013     Getty Images

The two teams are made up of the 21 member squad currently in camp ahead of the fourth round of the HSBC Sevens World Series in New Zealand.

Dere included an additional three players, Apisai Domolailai, Inia Tukere and Leone Tabuarua, to complete the Fiji Warriors team.

“We intend to work on the player’s individual roles, their combinations, set pieces and the game patterns," said Dere, who will use this tournament as preparation for the next round of the Series.

"Following this tournament we will select the 16 players from these two teams, that will play for Fiji at the Wellington 7s”.

Fiji currently sit third in the overall standings with 44 points, two behind France (46) and 16 behind leaders New Zealand (60). They will face matches with Portugal, Scotland and Australia in Wellington.

Ahead of the Uprising Sevens however, the team has been going through tough training sessions since they joined camp, and according to trainer Maxwell Hughes, the boys were adapting well to their training sessions.

“I have the big task of getting these boys fit and ready for the upcoming tournaments," added Hughes.

"All the boys are equally strong and fit. It is my job to build them up on their endurance and mental toughness and make sure that they maintain that level before and during the tournaments.

“They have had a full load of training this week in the gym and out on the field and have adapted well and are getting to know each other well on and off the field.”

Jasa Veremalua, Uliyasi Lawavo, Manueli Laqai, Levani Botia, Setefano Cakau, Joji Raqamate, Ilai Tinani, Manasa Nayagi, Osea Kolinisau, Josua Tuiova, Niko Verekauta, Samisoni Viriviri

Jone Vota, Namani Nagusa, Mosese Saunivanua, Apisai Domolailai, Inia Tukere, Sakuisa Gavidi, Viliame Navanua, Emosi Mulevoro, Vucago Banitabua, Eramasi Benito, Peni Ravai, Leone Tabuarua

Twelve players have been selected for the New Zealand Emerging Sevens team which will take part in this weekend's Uprising Sevens tournament in Lautoka, Fiji.

The players were selected from teams which took part in the weekend's Pub Charity National Sevens held in Queenstown and includes four new contracted members of the All Blacks Sevens.

Warwick Lahmert, who was part of the New Zealand side that won the third round of the HSBC Sevens World Series in South Africa, will captain the side selected by Gordon Tietjens.

Tietjens will travel to the tournament in Fiji as technical advisor with New Zealand Women's Sevens coach Sean Horan coaching the side.

"This is an exciting mix of young talent who all played extremely well at the tournament over the weekend," said Tietjens.

"We are keen to use the Fiji opportunity to give some up and coming players a fresh challenge on the international stage which will be great for their development.

"And we have also selected some All Blacks Sevens players which will help their preparation for the next round of the Sevens World Series in Wellington.

"The National Sevens was a terrific success and showed the depth of talent we are developing in this country and that bodes well for our long term strategy of winning gold in Rio."

Tietjens' next challenge after Fiji will be the fourth round of the Series on home soil in Wellington where they are joined by USA, Spain and England in Pool A.

The New Zealand Emerging Sevens team is: Matt Faddes, Iopu Iopu, Gillies Kaka, Warwick Lahmert (capt), Luke Masirewa, David Raikuna, Trinity Spooner-Neera, Seta Tamanivula, Belgium Tuatagaloa, Beaudine Waaka, William Whetton, Gareth Williams-Spiers