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A quartet of Fijian flyers were selected for last weekend’s Singapore Sevens Dream Team. South Africa, tournament champions, added two while Scotland earned one spot.
From Fiji: Joshua Vakurunabili, Meli Derenalagi, Aminiani Tuimaba, and Wimoni Botitu
From South Africa: Werner Kok and Justin Geduld
From Scotland: Max McFarland
Somewhat unreported was the South Africa comeback against Fiji after they trailed 19-0 at the half, prevailing 21-19 for the title. Fiji suffered another embarrassing loss to Samoa in the 2016 Paris Sevens Cup final when they led 26-0 at the break, only to lose 29-26 at the death.
Each tournament – eight played to date of ten total – brings the USA closer to one of the four 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualifying placements. The top six:
USA = 145
Fiji = 143
NZ = 130
SA = 121
Eng. = 107
Samoa = 87
The USA need only seven points from the London and Paris events to eliminate England (fifth, currently) mathematically from the four-team qualification.
The Eagles are expected to be at near top strength for these last two tournaments.