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Back Us Up: Baber

Back Us Up: Baber
Together In Hong Kong: Fiji Airways Fijian 7s reps Alasio Naduva (third from left) and Waisea Nacuqu (fifth from left) with fellow Fijians based in Japan and in Hong Kong for the HK10s which starts today. Photo: Kitione Rokomanu/Zoomfiji
April 04
11:00 2018

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber has urged people of Fiji to rally behind the team in the Hong Kong Sevens this weekend.

The Welshmen has built a good rapport with the players during the World Sevens Series.

“I have seen some of them grown from boys to men during the World Sevens Series,”Baber said.

“I know the love and support of the Fijian people they have for sevens. And I plead for their support again. Hong Kong is always a special for Fijians.

“We have the players who have progressed in the past six months, they are working hard together.”

Cakaubalavu: I’m ready for Fiji

Apenisa Cakaubalavu is ready to put his body on the line should Fiji Airways Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber names him among the 12  players for the Hong Kong Sevens.

Baber named the 21-year old Naroi Moala, Lau native in the 16-member squad after his powerful performance for Tabadamu in winning the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s at the ANZ Stadium last month.

“I feel happy and excited to be part of the team and thank the coach and the selectors. I am looking forward to the event,” he said.

“I aim to be part of history by becoming the first team to win HK7s for the fourth year in-a- row.

“I’m ready to give my very best for Fiji.”

He plays at either prop or hooker and will face an uphill battle against Isake ‘Ice’ Katonibau, Paula Dranisikula and Josua Vakakurinabili,  Kalioni Nasoko and Mesake Kunavula.

“I grew up watching our teams dominating in Hong Kong over the years and I want to be part of a winning team in HK.”

He made his debut at the 2017-2018 World Sevens Series in Dubai and Cape Town. He replaced injured Avete Daveta at the Hamilton 7s in New Zealand.

 

We have the edge: Serevi

Sevens legend Waisale Serevi strongly believes that Fiji could be the first team in the world to win the Hong Kong Sevens for the fourth year in-a- row.

“I am really excited. I have no doubt Fiji will create history this weekend.

“They now know how to win which is the key thing,”he said.

“Fiji has every opportunity because other teams are sending their academy or second-string teams to So Kon Po prioritising the Commonwealth Games.

“We have the edge over other teams to win four in a row.”

Serevi thanked baber and strength & conditioning coach Naca Cawanibuka.

“Naca has been doing a lot of hard work training the boys, talking to the boys food and recovery.

“It’s a bonus to have Naca helping the team in the series and Commonwealth Games.”.

 Edited by  Osea  Bola

 

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