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Fiji Sevens target NZ leg

FIJI sevens coach Iliesa Tanivula expects the best from available players in the second leg of the International Rugby Board (IRB) sevens World Series.

The national 7s team lacked speed in the opening tournaments of the IRB series in George and Dubai.

However, the former New Zealand sevens player Tanivula remains optimistic he can get a real paceman before the Wellington Sevens from February 5-6.

"The door is wide open for any player. We just have to work hard and smart in the upcoming tournaments," Tanivula said.

The Digicel-sponsored national side is currently in camp at Sand Dunes Inn in Sigatoka.

Tanivula said 19 contracted players turned up for the camp, except Nadroga loose forward Asaeli Boko.

Boko, who was part of the Flying Fijians side in the Europe Tour in November, has opted to concentrate on the 15s game.

"We respect his (Boko) decision and wish him best of lucks in his future endeavour," Tanivula said. "The chance is there for someone else to take his place."

Tanivula said hopes qwre high for injured duo Seremaia Burotu and Niuamia Cakacaka to recover well before the Wellington Sevens.

"They have also joined the camp and will undergo a check-up with the doctor tomorrow (today)."

The national side is currently second in the IRB points standing behind New Zealand.

Rashneel Kumar

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