Fijian squad an unknown quantity
By NAZVI CAREEM
VETERAN winger Tomasi Cama will lead a second-string but powerful Fijian side at this month's Canberra Festival Sevens at the Bruce Stadium.
Cama, scorer of one of the most spectacular tries seen at the Hongkong Sevens, is the only player who has previously played in the territory's premier event.
But their Pool D opponents Hongkong and Queensland still have a tough task against the defending champions, who contain four players from last year's championship-winning side.
The bearded Cama, who ran about 60 metres to score after receiving a between-the-legs pass in the 1990 Hongkong final against New Zealand, Josateki Sauvou, Eliki Tiko and forward Jone Roqica played in last year's tournament.
''It may not be our full-strength team, but it is still a very strong side,'' said a spokesman close to the squad. ''These are the players who are knocking on the door of a first team place.'' The nine-man squad have been training for three months and most of them will take part in the inaugural Fiji Sevens on March 20.
However, a stronger squad will be selected for the Hongkong Sevens, from March 27-28, and the World Cup Sevens in Scotland, from April 16-18.
Fly-half Waisale Serevi, last year's Player of the Tournament Mesake Rasari and skipper Vesi Rauluni are being rested for the Hongkong event, where top seeds Fiji take on Namibia and Malaysia in their preliminary matches.
Fiji have only been seeded fourth for the Canberra event as the organisers anticipated an under-strength team. Dubai Sevens champions Scotland have been seeded first.
Bill Millward, officer for the host club Tuggeranong Valley said: ''Fiji have marvellous sevens depth but we are unsure just how strong their team will be.'' Fiji squad for Canberra Sevens: Eparama Tuvunivono, Meli Tamanitoakula, Jone Roqica, Penisoni Waki, Josateki Sauvou, Apisai Mucunabitu, Waisea Mateiwai, Tomasi Cama (Captain), Eliki Tiko.