7s star Ravou­vou dropped for dis­ci­plinary rea­sons

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The Fiji Rugby Union has con­firmed that Olympian and Fiji Air­ways Fi­jian 7s play­maker Vatemo Ravou­vou has been left out of the Hamil­ton and Syd­ney tour­na­ments of the 2018/19 HSBC World Sev­ens Se­ries. FRU chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer John O’Con­nor said yes­ter­day that Ravou­vou was dropped from the squad for dis­ci­plinary rea­sons. “This was due to in­dis­ci­pline com­mit­ted dur­ing the last leg of the se­ries in Cape Town, which in­volved the con­sump­tion of al­co­hol,” he said. O’Con­nor also clar­i­fied that the FRU had stood down Amenoni Nasi­lasila and will await the court rul­ing on his case of al­leged rape be­fore de­cid­ing on his fu­ture in the na­tional 7s set-up. Ravou­vou and Nasi­lasila are key play­mak­ers in the Gareth Baber-coached side. Dur­ing train­ing this week, Baber in­di­cated that rookie play­mak­ers Napo­lioni Ratu and Te­rio Ta­mani were likely to join Waisea Nacuqu in mak­ing the fi­nal squad. “Ob­vi­ously, we have Teri Ta­mani, who has been play­ing in lo­cal tour­na­ments and he has been pa­tient and could be highly likely to take that po­si­tion,” Baber said. “Also, Napo­lioni Ratu who un­der­stands what it is to be at this level and the qual­ity of per­for­mance he needs to de­liver for that po­si­tion. “So, there is a lot of com­pe­ti­tion among the play­ers for that po­si­tion.”

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