Joji Fatiaki

PR & Community Manager, Digicel Fiji

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Thursday, 26th January 2012, Fiji: Digicel Fiji, BSP and Fiji Rugby Union today announced the team line up for the second leg of the IRB HSBC Sevens Series 2012. The 20 member squad saw the selection of 16 players for the squad to Wellington Sevens scheduled for 03rd & 4th February.


The players were named after the recent Uprising Sevens Tournament where selectors were present to further scout and finalise their selection that was announced today.


Digicel Fiji CEO David Butler says: “Digicel Fiji is proud at this stage of the team’s achievements so far. It is the best that we have seen for a long time now and I congratulate the boys, the Head Coach Mr Dere and Assistant Coach Mr Waqa for a job well done. However, it isn’t over yet as the rest of the series is ahead for further achievements.”


FRU CEO Manasa Baravilala says: “We have every confidence the Digicel Fiji 7s team will do us proud in both Wellington and Las Vegas; as they’ve already shown, at the Gold Coast 7s, that despite the limited resources we have in this country we can, when we put our minds to it, beat the best the rest of the world has to offer.”


BSP Fiji Country Manager Kevin McCarthy says: “BSP is delighted with the Digicel Fiji 7s team successes this season. Leading the table after the first round is a great start. The pressure is on us as all the other teams are looking to dethrone us. Some of the upcoming stars from the Uprising 7’s will be rewarded with a call to national duties. We wish Setefano, the boys, Dere and Waqa the very best. They have our support. I’m confident that the country is also backing them to satisfy the thirst for more good news especially at this time. Good luck and Go Fiji Go!”  


The 12 players for the stage of the series that have been named are:


1.         Setefano CAKAU (C)

2.         James BROWN

3.         Emosi VUCAGO

4.         Levani VEIVUKE

5.         Sokonaia KALOU

6.         Nemani NAGUSA

7.         Osea KOLINISAU

8.         Taniela MARAVUNAWASAWASA

9.         Jone RAQAMATE

10.       Metuisela TALEBULAMAIJAINA

11.       Waisea VUIDRAVUWALU

12.       Avenisi VASUINUBU







The four non-travelling reserves are:


13.       Jimilai NAIKADAWA

14.       Malaki VOLAU

15.       Josateki NAISILISILI

16.       Isimeli TAQEA


The upcoming leg of the series sees the Digicel Fiji Sevens Team play two tournaments at the Wellington Sevens tournament and the Las Vegas Sevens both in the month of February. Fiji currently ties with New Zealand at the top of the IRB Sevens table with South Africa and England following closely.


Fiji is in Pool C at the Wellington Sevens tournament with Argentina, Wales and Tonga. Last year, Fiji won the Plate Finals at the Wellington Sevens beating South Africa 26-12.


Digicel Fiji and BSP have also confirmed the positive results so far on their TXT to WIN promotion for this season for a Hilux vehicle to be won at the end of the series. Other consolation prizes saw winners walk away with the branded rugby balls, credit and autographed Digicel Fiji Sevens jerseys. Digicel customers who still want to be in the draw for other prizes and the major giveaway can simply text TRY to 7070. Conditions apply.


Digicel Fiji, Fiji Rugby Union and BSP calls on the nation to support and stand behind the boys in the upcoming two tournaments.


























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After nine years of operation, Digicel Group Limited has 11 million customers across its 32 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific. The company is renowned for delivering best value, best service and best network.


Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean, Central American and Pacific sports teams, including the Special Olympics teams throughout these regions. Digicel sponsors the West Indies cricket team and is also the title sponsor of the Digicel Caribbean. In the Pacific, Digicel is the proud sponsor of several national rugby teams and also sponsors the Vanuatu cricket team.


Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets and has set up Digicel Foundations in Jamaica, Haiti and Papua New Guinea which focus on educational, cultural and social development programmes.


In 2004, Digicel developed Digicel Rising Stars – an annual talent show to support aspiring young music artists in the Caribbean. The show has spanned the Eastern Caribbean, Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago ranking as one of the top-rated shows.


Digicel is incorporated in Bermuda and its markets comprise: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bonaire, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Nauru, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, St Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos and Vanuatu. Digicel also has coverage in St. Martin and St. Barts in the Caribbean.


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