As many of you are aware, this season was the first time that Marlborough had a dedicated Elite Men’s Sevens side as well as a developmental side for those who were less experienced. The Elite side did quite well in the Secure Trading Super Sevens Series which was a series of four tournaments where the lads achieved Plate finalists at Bury St Edmunds, Plate Champions at Broad Street, Bowl Finalists at Newbury and Plate Semi-finalists at Ealing.
Before they became known as Marlborough Compeed 7s, the team was called Lomaviti, but they were looking for a more permanent base and as some of the players and coaches are associated with the first team, it made sense for them to join with the MRFC. This has also allowed them to be sponsored by the Club Sponsor Compeed®.
The team and their Manager Autiko Domonakibau have been invited to travel to Colorado in August to compete in the Elite Men's section. The team will be bolstered with some new blood who are very experienced 7s players. We have ‘The Lamp Post’ also known as Servuloni Mocenacagi who is regarded as a threat to anyone from the opposition. He’s a strong and powerful player and knows how to use his size in the restarts.
Next we have ‘The Fijian Flash’ or Alasio Naduva who represented Fiji for the first time in 2018 at the Oceania Sevens Championships and he has proven himself to be one of the sports fastest players.
Then there’s ‘The Game Breaker’ better known as Waisea Nacuqu who is very good at scoring match winning tries such as the game when Fiji were up against the All Blacks 7s in Oceania Sevens Championship when the Fiji won 17 -12 in the dying seconds.
We also have ‘The White Shark’ or Meli Derenalagi who was awarded the Rugby Sevens Rookie of the year (2018-19 World 7s Series). He is very well known for his great offloads, maybe Pio Tuwai has some competition for his crown as the ‘Offload King’?
Then last but by no means the least, there’s Osea Kalinisau the former Fijian 7s Captain and gold winning medallist from 2016 Olympics which were held in Rio.
They all have quite impressive CVs and they are helping to represent Marlborough over in the States with fellow Marlborough players. We wish the whole team good luck and we shall be following their progress with much eagerness and anticipation.
If you want to check out their credentials, then follow the YouTube links below:
Updated 18:42 - 5 Aug 2019 by Leila Nairne
Alasio Naduvu – https://youtu.be/o5NDZczUqqs
Waisea Nacuqu – https://youtu.be/LJ7gCcpnSHg
Sevuloni Mocenacagi – https://youtu.be/BtVh5u2JM4E
Osea Kolinisau – https://youtu.be/cj7suBoudgQ