Disappointed selector steps down, claims Dere changed Fiji 7s squad

Seremaia Burotu 1
One of the selectors of the Fiji 7s team, Sailosi Naiteqe senior has stepped down from his position saying that he is disappointed in the manner the Moscow Rugby World Cup training squad was selected.
According to Naiteqe said all the selectors were supposed to decide on the names however head coach, Alifereti Dere changed some names last Friday.
Naiteqe said that Seremaia Burotu should have been in the squad.


Dere and Fiji Rugby Union is yet to comment on this matter.

France based Burotu is a notable exclusion from the squad.

Burotu gave an outstanding performance in the Marist 7s tournament and he also featured prominently for first time tournament winners Westfield Barbarians.
He was also named the player of the tournament.
Another classy player missing from the squad is Joeli Lutumailagi.

Training squad:

Leone Nakarawa, Lepani Botia, Nemani Nagusa, Joji Raqamate, Metuisela Talebula, Vereniki Goneva, Samisoni Viriviri, Jasa Veremalua, Waisea Nayacalevu, Watisoni Votu, Alipate Ratini, Ilai Tinai, Jone Vota, Setefano Cakau, Osea Kolinisau, Timoci Matanavou, Sakiusa Gavidi, Emosi Mulevoro, Donasio Ratubuli, Ulai-asi Lawavou and Sunia Kubu.

We are still trying to get comments from coach Alifereti Dere on the matter as well as Fiji Rugby Unions High Performance Unit General Manager, Mike Ryan.


  1. Micca Laivou Qera says:

    io dat true.

  2. come on Mr Dere his is the world cup………pick good team for Fiji.

  3. Aaron Rohen says:

    hopless selection….comeon dere dnt say tackle tackle….if u say dat, dan fiji wnt score atry…..

  4. King Burua says:

    burotu should hve been included…

  5. show support and loyalty,, win or lose man!

  6. Wilson Medi says:


  7. he has the best defense compared to Dere's best boy…..Raqamate nevertheless ….Go Boys do us proud….

  8. Loneboy Abby says:

    dere…dnt bring politics into the field…