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Melrose Cup bid starts now: Bari

By ANASILINI RATUVA Former national sevens rep Manasa Bari urges the overseas based players to come home and prepare with the Digicel Fiji 7s squad for the Rugby World Cup
07 Apr 2013 11:26

Manasa Bari (left), with Etuate ‘Honda’ Gusuivalu in Suva on Wednesday. Photo: FIJI POLICE MEDIA CELL

By ANASILINI RATUVA

Former national sevens rep Manasa Bari urges the overseas based players to come home and prepare with the Digicel Fiji 7s squad for the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow in June.
“Overseas players have been playing 15s rugby and they should come back and train and prepare with the team for at least two weeks,” Bari said.
The former Otago Highlanders speedster shared his experience when he was being called to be part of the 1997 RWC team in Hong Kong and had to struggle to fit into the system.
“When I got a call to play for the Melrose Cup in 1997, I had to struggle and put in a lot of work,”Bari said.
“I have been playing 15s rugby and trying to make a switch to sevens in a short span of time was difficult.
“There were a lot of critics about my selection but I was motivated by my grandfather Marika Tabutaci. I spoke to him before the Cup quarter-final, he was very emotional when I called and couldn’t speak to him.
“But I spoke to him and he told me bring the Melrose Cup back home and we did. That’s was why I was crying after the final whistle.”
Bari says Fiji can lift the Melrose cup again in Moscow if only they maintained their intensity from the Hong Kong tournament.
“We can win in Moscow the team is currently on their right track, winning in Moscow should not be done in June it should start from today.”
The RWCS will be held in Moscow  on June 28-30.




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