Fiji, Samoa name squads for Gold Coast

Kolinisau will skipper the Fiji team. Photo: IRB

Kolinisau will skipper the Fiji team. Photo: IRB

Ben Ryan has named four new players in his squad for the first round of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Australia.

Eminoni Nasilasila, Apisai Naqaliva, Sanivalati Ramuwai and Savenaca Rawaca will all make their debut for Fiji in Australia.

“All these players are going to make their debut, they’re not there to make up the numbers but they’re there to make an impact,” said Ryan.

Fiji squad: Apisai Domolailai, Semi Kunatani, Jasa Veremalua, Setefano Cakau, Isake Katonibau, Apisai Naqaliva, Emosi Mulevoro, Osea Kolinisau, Eminoni Nasilasila, Sanivalati Ramuwai, Savenaca Rawaca, Apisalome Waqatabu

Samoa: Afa Aiono returns to the squad having missed the entire 2012/13 Series, and is joined by another former captain in Lolo Lui.

Tafua’s side will compete in the Oceania Sevens before they embark on the new season, which is part of the Olympic qualification process. Having finished eighth last season, Samoa will be hoping to finish in the top four to guarantee their spot at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Samoa will begin the Series alongside champions New Zealand, France and the new core team Japan, a weekend after they compete in the Oceania Sevens – a tournament they won in 2013.

Samoa squad: Afa Aiono, Lio Lolo, Faalemiga Selesele, Tofatuimoana Solia, Afioae Maiava, Alatasi Tupou, Lolo Lui, Fautua Otto, Siaosi Asofolau, Tom Iosefo, Samoa Toloa, Tila Mealoi

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