7s Dream Team

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu | Wednesday, May 24, 2017
It was an emotional moment when two of our stars in Newnet Yasawa Stingers rookie, Kalione Nasoko, and Newtown hero, Jerry Tuwai, marched on to the podium, watched by thousands of fans, to receive accolades for being chosen in the HSBC Dream Team alongside 7s greats - Baker, Specman, Norton, Chris Dry and Danny Barrett.

Nasoko made headlines after receiving the Award for Player of the final in HK but missed out on the Rookie of the Year Award.

How on earth could a player like Nasoko miss out on the Rookie Award but get selected in the 2016/17 HSBC Dream Team! My guess is as good as your guess.

Anyways, vinaka vakalevu and hearty congratulations to the duo for making the Dream Team.

Seremaia Tuwai Vunisa made his debut for Fiji at the 2014 Gold Coast Sevens. Jerry was named player of the tournament at the 2014 World Club 7s where he played for the Davetalevu Club. Tuwai was also the stand-out player at the 2015 Las Vegas Sevens final when Fiji beat New Zealand 35-19.

Jerry rose to prominence with his solid and nippy performance and his goose steps and side steps remind fans of the days of Waisale Serevi.

A humble man by nature, Jerry was an integral member of Ben Ryan's winning team.

The jersey that our halfback won in Rio was presented to the Twickenham Museum during the London 7s. Jerry had his own moments during Fiji's triumphant days under Ryan.

On the other hand, Kalione Nasoko made his debut for Fiji in the 2016-17 WRSS and has been impressive in the forwards. He is going to be one of the players to watch in the 2017-18 WRSS.

Nasoko has worked hard to don the national jumper and has not let the fans down.

However, the magic that he displayed in HK was rarely seen in Singapore, Paris and London.

Despite this, to be named in the dream team is an achievement and something we are proud of.

Although Fiji finished third and swords are pouncing on the performance of coach Baber, let's not panic.

We have to be patient and give Baber time to prove himself.

Perhaps Ryan's success has overshadowed his efforts.

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