Call for reps with different dimension to join Fiji 7s

Police Blue playmaker Terio Tamani makes a break during their semifinal match against Duibana Brothers in the 47th Marist Sevens tournament. Police Blue went on to win the tournament. Picture: PAULA TUVUKI

Fiji Police 7s club coach Sale Tubuna says every team needs players who can and will bring a different dimension than other participating teams in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

Tubena said there were key positions in the side that needed to be strengthened.

For that to happen, he said you need to build players from what we’ve got.

“Fiji can form a team today and win a series tournament,” Tubuna said.

“It’s how you build that culture within the team that determines the outcome when the dust settles.”

He said Terio Tamani was one player who had been overlooked for the past HSBC WRSS tournaments.

“Tamani will bring a new dimension to the current playing group that is in the national squad at the moment. He can also bring in a lot of attacking options,” Tubuna said.

“The playmaking role is very important to a 7s team, dimension of the team’s attack — this is a key position.

“This current combination is just following the same movement of receiving and passing — a lot of opposition can read our pattern of play.

“Tamani plays a different pattern, he will look at the opposition, realign and use a different style of attack.

“He is at his peak now. He was the player of the tournament last weekend.

“What else you can ask of a player with that small built and can tackle a big man?”

He said the coaching team needed to also look at Police Blue rover Iliesa Bete.

The 7s team to the Asian leg will be named today.

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