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Vet­eran for­ward Pio Tuwai is fighting his way back to make the Voda­fone Fi­jian 7s team to the 2016-17 World Sev­ens Se­ries which starts on De­cem­ber 2-3 in Dubai Yes­ter­day, Tuwai led the McDon­ald’s Sau­naka Red dur­ing the Vutia District School Old Schol­ars 7s tour­na­ment show­ing his fa­mous of­fload­ing skills to the de­light of the vil­lage fans. He said re­turn­ing to sev­ens af­ter a long break was a good start in his fight­back to fly the Fi­jian flag again.

He is in the na­tional train­ing squad for the up­com­ing World Sev­ens Se­ries and is op­ti­mistic of re­tain­ing his spot. Tuwai missed the cut to the 2016 Rio Olympics due to in­jury. “Even though it’s been long I’m glad I’m do­ing what I love best. I just joined the Sau­naka team last week,” Tuwai said. “I know there have been new faces in the squad. With new boys and new style of play but I’m ready for the chal­lenge. “I know I got what it takes to be in the team be­cause I have been train­ing hard. “I know the com­pe­ti­tion and train­ing will be tough but I can adapt. I’ve re­cov­ered from in­juries and I’m rar­ing to play.” The Voda­fone Fi­jian 7s squad re­turn to camp at Up­ris­ing Beach Re­sort in Pa­cific Har­bour this week.

Photo: Vil­imoni Va­ganalau

Pio Tuwai and Keni Tubuna at Vutia Vil­lage in Rewa yes­ter­day.

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