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Shape Up: Baber

Shape Up: Baber
Fiji Airways 7s head coach Gareth Baber shows the players how it is done during training at Uprising Beach Resort in Pacific Harbour, Deuba on October 12, 2017. Photo: Grace Narayan.
October 13
12:01 2017

Ample time for players to be in tip-top form in order to be considered for 7s selection.


Fiji Airways 7s coach Gareth Baber warns players to be in tip-top shape if they are to be selected for the World Sevens Series which starts in December.

And they have ample time to prove their worth at the upcoming tournaments; Central Coast 7s in Australia (October 25-26), Silicon Valley 7s in San Francisco (November 4-5) and the Oceania 7s in Suva (November 10-11).

The extended squad had their first training session at the Uprising Beach Resort in Pacific Harbour yesterday where Baber gauged the fitness and condition of the players.

“All the players have different standards and they have been doing impressively well. They completed their camp in Sigatoka which was positive,” Baber said.

“I think for the upcoming Oceania 7s I will be looking at the point difference in the players’ height, speed, power or the ability to perform and will name the final squad in two weeks.

“The essential elements needed are good behaviours, discipline and attitude to work as a team.

“We have the Central Coast 7s and we need to have players who have those qualities, work ethic and need to be in tip-top shape to be considered.”

Baber revealed the squad have yet to reach the standard required to play in the World Sevens Series.

“We are trying to reach that standard in our development. We are not up to where we need to be as far as winning a leg of the World Sevens Series is concerned.”

Baber applauded the commitment and dedication shown by some newcomers in the squad.

“It’s a long season and we need to pick players several times as we also have the Rugby Sevens World Cup and Commonwealth Games in 2018 which will be a great challenge for the players to keep up throughout the season.

“There are a couple of secondary schools players that have joined the extended squad like of Netani Vakayalia and Frank Johnson.

“And Nacanieli Labalaba,who came all the way from the Yasawa, has a good playmaker’s vision.

“We are working hard to perfect our defensive pattern before the season starts in December.”

Edited by Osea Bola



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