Injury concern for New Zealand heading into Commonwealth Games

Injury concern for New Zealand heading into Commonwealth Games

New Zealand sevens rugby playmaker Tomasi Cama faces a challenge to be fit for the Commonwealth Games after fracturing his eye socket.

New Zealand sevens rugby playmaker Tomasi Cama faces a challenge to be fit for the Commonwealth Games after fracturing his eye socket.

Cama, 29, suffered the injury during Manawatu's national provincial championship loss to Hawke's Bay in Palmerston North on Sunday with initial medical reports suggesting he will recover from the blow in about four weeks, just before the Games begin in New Delhi on October 3.

Manawatu coach Dave Rennie said every effort would be made to have the Suva-born Cama ready and primed to chase gold.

"It may not be as bad as first thought, we just have to see how it settles down," Rennie said.

"Obviously he's got a Commonwealth Games coming up so we're pretty keen to get him right for that.

"Fitness won't be an issue for him, he's as fit as."

The diminutive Cama made his sevens debut for New Zealand in 2005 and has been a key element of the team with his playmaking skill. He is seventh on the all-time list of International Rugby Board sevens series scorers with 938 points.

New Zealand will be looking to continue their dominance of the Commonwealth games when the tournament begins in Delhi, India in October. They will be challenged for the gold by IRB World Series champions Samoa, with England amongst others aiming for the top of the rostrum.

The Commonwealth games runs from October 4th-13th 2010.