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Under watchful eyes...Vodafone Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber watches the Telecom Fijian Warriors train at the Albert Park and Pavilion, Suva, yesterday. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau
March 17
11:00 2017

Vodafone Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber didn’t waste any time since arriving from the third leg of the World Sevens Series in Vancouver on Wednesday.

Yesterday, he attended the Telecom Fijian Warriors training at Albert Park and Pavilion in Suva and would probably name some 15s players in the extended squad to camp at the Uprising Beach Resort in Pacific Harbour on Monday.

“Any player who is playing well in domestic tournaments will be considered if they are available,” Baber said.

Warriors’ Frank Lomani and Serupepeli Vularika were in the extended squad in the past and Lepani Veiyala, John Stewart, Vasikali Mudu, Jiuta Takubu could get the call if they are  available.

“We need to prepare well before the Hong Kong-Singapore leg next month and  I am always interested to go to domestic tournaments like the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s next week to scout for new talents who could can be an asset to the side,” Baber said.

Baber said some players would be released to play for their clubs in the Marist 7s.

“We will have one week training together and some players will be released to play for their clubs or the Marist 7s tournament and the rest will continue training with me before I select my final 14 payers,” he said

Despite not delivering an impressive result at the last four tournaments, Baber sees psitives.

“I’ve been impressed with the leadership by the senior boys and also the progress of the young players.

“All we need now is to build and grow as a team and prepare well for the next leg, the Commonwealth Games and Rugby Sevens World Cup next year which is my main focus,” Baber added.

Edited by Paula Tuvuki




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