Newlook Fiji out to defend Gold Coast Sevens

(IRB.COM) Wednesday 10 October 2012
 
 Newlook Fiji out to defend Gold Coast Sevens
Fiji won the Gold Coast Sevens in 2011 but bring an almost entirely new squad this year

A newlook Fiji side will be looking to emulate the feats of Setefano Cakau and the 2011 vintage at the weekend when they set out to defend the Gold Coast Sevens title at the first of nine rounds on the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series.

Of the 12 players to have been a part of the triumphant squad in Australia last year only one returns, and eight of the current squad will be playing in their first World Series event.

Osea Kolinisau has returned from injury to bolster the squad with experience, and is looking forward to the new season.

"In this moment I am really happy to be fit again and part of the Fiji Sevens squad," said Kolinisau on National Fiji day.

"The recovery has been good, I have been playing some 15s back home, and now I am looking forward to the new season, which will hopefully be injury-free.

"We do have eight new players, but they are not new to rugby, just new to the Series. They are young but full of talent and I guess the fans will have to see that at the weekend." 

At the inaugural Gold Coast Sevens Fiji defeated New Zealand 26-12 in the final at Skilled Park.

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The victory gave them the first of three Cup titles across the season, which saw them finish second overall behind Gordon Tietjens' side, and Kolinisau hopes his side can repeat the achievement this weekend.

"It was a great moment, and a good memory for me," added Kolinisau.

"We have the motivation to defend our title, we won it last year and we want to win it again this year. But it is always tough to defend a title you have won, and the likes of New Zealand and the other teams will be tough to beat.

"We want to be as close to the top of the standings as possible."

Fiji are joined in Pool B by hosts Australia, Scotland and Pacific neighbours Tonga. You can still buy tickets to the event HERE >>

Gold Coast Sevens

Round 1
11-12 October 2014
Venue: Skilled Park
City: Gold Coast
Capacity: 27,400

 
Pools
Pool A
TeamPlayedPts
NZL39
KEN37
USA35
TON33
Pool B
TeamPlayedPts
RSA39
ENG37
FRA35
ESP33
Pool C
TeamPlayedPts
FIJ37
WAL37
CAN37
POR33
Pool D
TeamPlayedPts
AUS38
SAM37
ARG35
SCO34
more
Photos
  • Dan Bibby of England
  • Players from Australia and New Zealand line up
  • Fans at the Gold Coast Sevens