Botia back in Fiji Sevens frame
Fiji Sevens coach Ben Ryan has named an exciting 17-man training squad ahead of the fourth and fifth rounds of the IRB Sevens World Series.
Fiji Sevens coach Ben Ryan has named an exciting 17-man training squad ahead of the fourth and fifth rounds of the IRB Sevens World Series, the USA Sevens next weekend and Wellington Sevens on February 7-8.
Former captain Levani Botia is recalled, while other notable inclusions are Marika Vunibaka, Viliame Mata and Henry Seniloli, all of whom were part of the Flying Fijians' northern hemisphere tour late last year.
Samisoni Viriviri is also included, having pledged himself to the Fiji Sevens side for the remainder of the series before taking up his new contract with French side, Montpellier.
Outstanding forward Jasa Veremalua is unavailable because he is still rebuilding his fitness after a long term injury, while Pio Tuwai will attend the camp.
"Jasa still has some work to do to get his fitness back up to par. He understands the work that he needs to do to get fit again," said Ryan.
"Pio's wife is ill at the moment and I respect his decision for missing the first camp. He is keen to come back to camp and will join us this week.
"We have a strong squad with some niggling injuries due to the high volume of training that the team has been going through."
Ryan, whose side currently lie third in the series, will cut his squad of 17 to 12 on Thursday.
In Las Vegas, they face a tough trio of pool matches against New Zealand, Australia and Scotland.
Fiji training squad: Apisai Domolailai, Benito Masilevu, Donasio Ratubuli, Emosi Mulevoro, Henry Seniloli, Jona Tuitoga, Leo Naikasau, Levani Botia, Marika Vunibaka, Mosese Mawalu, Osea Kolinisau, Pio Tuwai, Samisoni Viriviri, Samuela Saqiwa, Semi Kunatani, Viliame Mata, Vucago Bainitabua.