Burotu was top pick for prop, Dere says he is bad in defense

Seremaia Burotu 1
It has been confirmed that Fiji 7s rugby national selectors had ranked Seremaia Burotu as the number one choice prop for the Fiji 7s team for the Moscow Rugby World Cup which will be held later this month.
The Marist 7s player of the tournament was given this ranking based on his performance.
However Burotu was dropped from the 21-man squad which was named by the head coach  Alifereti Dere last Friday.
 Joeli Lutumailagi was also dropped from the training squad although he was ranked in the top three for the rover’s position.
Calls are now being made to investigate the team selection process.One of the selectors, Sailosi Naiteqe senior steped down from his position over the weekend, claiming that the selectors were not consulted by Dere before the 12-man team list was sent to IRB last Friday.
The team list sent to the IRB can only be changed if a player is seriously injured or a personal matter arises.

According to Dere he has the final say on the selection as he is the coach. He also said that Burotu is not good in defense that is why he was dropped.

Burotu scored the winning try for the Westfield Barbarians in the semifinal of the Marist 7s against Yamacia. He also set up tries and scored one in the Cup final against Wardens Gold.



  1. Vani Dulaki says:

    Since there is a panel of three selectors – why give the final decision to the coach. What he needs to show and do is that he can develop the people's choice to become the best combination and bring us back the glory of seven's Rugby.

  2. Vani Dulaki says:

    if he was top pick, then became the best player of the Marist seven's tournament, what went wrong with decisions…..

  3. Drop Burotu and his soldier boys and take Burotu and Joeli.

  4. Sevo Naucabalavu says:

    Dere pick your best sevens for moscow..warm up match mada with Westfield Tokatoka Barbarians..Burotu, an Pio tuwai powerful upfront, tuisova, filipo takosi, saqiwa…match up the speedy backline….

  5. Dere never prove himself as winning coach….i just don't get it..other country send their best player…what happen to Fiji! ;)….** MY MAN BUROTU** can forget about represent Fiji n do his own thing….go on my ***BOY*** u doing good in life>>Fiji so slack anyways ;).

  6. Ca makawa – that's why Naita Serevi had pulled out simply because Burotu was part of his winning combination.