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Enjoy Rugby: Baber

Enjoy Rugby: Baber
Vodafone Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber.
August 10
11:15 2017


Enjoy the game.

This was the call made by Vodafone Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber on Coke Zero Deans U18 defending champions Queen Victoria School and Ratu Kadavulevu School as they face each other in the final this Saturday at the ANZ Stadium.

Baber has been monitoring the young players’ performance for the 7s programme and told SUNsports yesterday it would be an entertaining battle.

“It will be competitive and it will be tough.

“I hope players go out there and do what they love doing, playing rugby and don‘t feel any pressure in the final,” Baber said.

“Just play for their families and their schools.”

Baber stressed, the players need to focus on their performance on the field and not to be intimidated by the scouts and coaches who will be scouting for their clubs.

He said he would also be on the look out for potential players to don the white jumper.

“Yes, I’m eyeing out for players, I do keep an eye on what’s coming up and developing in Fiji.

“Deans is a good competition and has high standards.

“I was impressed with the performance from the second semifinal between QVS and St John’s College.

“It was a game with great physicality and the teams understood how to play the game.

“I want these young people to keep playing the rugby they’re playing and I don’t want them to feel any pressure.

“Hopefully, at some stage they might get the opportunity to represent Fiji,” Baber added.


7s preparation

Baber told SUNsports the extended 28-member Vodafone Fijian 7s  squad were currently on their own daily training programme in their various high performance centres.

This allows them to spend quality time with their families.

“The players are still in their daily training environment–where they live.

“We spend a lot of time away from home and it’s important that the players spend time with their families before the season commence.

“We have a group of 27-28 players   at the moment,” Baber said.

He said some players have been picked during 7s tournaments in the past 6-7 months and some were picked from the Skipper Cup competition.

“We will get them in the environment and have a look at them, get to know them and hope in the next six weeks we can see what they have got and their abilities to move forward and put themselves in for the World Cup and Commonwealth Games next year,” Baber said.

Edited by Paula Tuvuki



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