Fiji name squad in bid to capture third RWC7s crown
irbsevens.com and James Mortimer 23 Jun 2013 Getty Images
Having led them to victory at the Gold Coast Sevens in Australia at the start of the current season, Lepani Botia returns to the side after a long injury lay-off and resumes the captaincy from veteran Setefano Cakau, who is a surprise ommission from the squad.
Coach Alifereti Dere explained that Cakau had missed out on selection due to other players 'stepping up'.
Notable recalls are Metuisela Talebula and Waisea Nayacalevu from last season's squad as well as Alipate Raitini, who returns for the first time since helping inspire that victory at the first round of this season's HSBC Sevens World Series, the Gold Coast Sevens.
Dere's men also won the Cup title in Hong Kong and finished the Series in third place, behind New Zealand and South Africa.
In Moscow the Fijians will start their World Cup campaign in Pool E against defending champions Wales, Tonga and Uruguay.
Fiji squad: Ilai Tinai, Watisoni Votu, Vereniki Goneva, Metuisela Talebula, Lepani Botia, Jasa Veremalua, Alipate Raitini, Samisoni Viriviri, Joji Ragamate, Leone Nakarawa, Nemani Nagusa, Waisea Nayacalevu