Veremalua, Katonibau bolster Fiji 7s squad

Jasa Veremalua and Isake Katonibau have been recalled to the Fiji sevens team for next month's World Series tournaments in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Fiji is third in the competition standings after six of ten rounds, 26 points behind runaway leaders South Africa, but will arrive in Hong Kong as defending champions.

"I know and understand what the Hong Kong Sevens means to Fiji and the Fijian people and I have selected a team that I believe will be able to compete with the other top teams," said Fiji head coach Gareth Baber.

"We are happy to have two experienced players back in Jasa and Isake and I are confident that their presence will boost and give confidence to our younger players like Mesulame [Kunavula], Seta [Bituniyata] and Kalione [Nasoko]."

Fiji Rugby Union CEO, John O'Connor said the team has a tough battle ahead, considering the Hong Kong Sevens is considered their home tournament and they are defending champions.

Fiji squad:

Mesulame Kunavula, Kalione Nasoko, Setareki Bituniyata, Jasa Veremalua, Apisai Domolailai, Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Jerry Tuwai, Waisea Nacuqu, Amenoni Nasilasila, Vatemo Ravouvou, Osea Kolinisau, Joeli Lutumailagi, Nacanieli Labalaba, Isake Katonibau.


Photo: World Rugby / Martin Series Lima (Jasa Veremalua is back for Fiji).