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Qera wants to play in Sevens World Cup

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: December 18, 2008

Akapusi Qera

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Akapusi Qera has spoken of his desire to play for the Fijian sevens team in the upcoming Dubai World Cup.

The openside flanker, expected back next month from a knee injury which has seen him miss the whole season so far for Gloucester, says there has been no contact between him and the Fiji Rugby Union, but he would be keen to play if asked.

Qera added that Gloucester team-mate Apo Satala would also be up for playing in the tournament, due to take place from March 5 to 7.

Sevens is seen as equal, if not greater, in status than 15-a-side rugby in Fiji.

But that is clearly not the case in England, where the game is used as a development tool for younger players, meaning Qera and Satala will struggle to secure a release to play in the competition.

Qera said: "I want to play for the sevens team. I have not been playing since I injured my knee, but it's fine now.

"I have been playing a bit of sevens in England and definitely I am available for the World Cup.

"None of the officials (Fiji Rugby Union) has contacted me and Apo, but we're both keen to play.

"They need to contact our club for our release and it depends solely on them.

"I am a proud Fijian and definitely my heart wants to don the national jersey.

"I hope I will be selected and, if they do, then the FRU has to contact my club as soon as possible."

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