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7s Refresh For Europe

7s Refresh For Europe
From left; Abdul Rahil, Fiji Airways Fijian 7s captain Seremaia Tuwai, Riaaz Rahul and Alosio Naduva at Nadi International Airport on May 23,2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
May 24
10:00 2018
  •  We lead the World Sevens Series on 145 points;
  •  We played 48 matches, won 40 with an 83 per cent win rate;
  •  Having winning four so far, Gareth Baber will become Fiji most successful coach if he knocks off either London or Paris or both next month;
  •  Seremaia Tuwai, Josua Vakurinabili and Paula Dranisinukula have impressed Baber in the past 12 months

 

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber has demanded consistency in the last last two tournaments of the World Sevens Series in London and Paris.

The team currently lead the standings on 145 points after playing 48 matches, winning 40, losing eight with an 83 per cent win rate. They have a scored 1257 points with an average of 26.19 also scoring a total of 1007 tries with an average of                                                                                                                                4.10 per match.

The side departed yesterday for the London 7s which starts on June 2-3 at Twickenham..

“Fortunately we have the support from Fiji Rugby Union to take the players early into Europe to acclimatise and refresh,” Baber said.

“We don’t take players who are tired but fresh ones. It takes a good period of time to get players ready for international competition.

“It’s a tough environment, it’s unforgiving and it should be since its international rugby. The boys have learnt a lot with the space I have been with them,” he added.

Fiji lead the charge in Pool A alongside New Zealand, Scotland and Argentina.

“I want to keep them together and for the fans, we are in a good spot. “We know what we are going to do as teams want to knock us off..

“We have worked hard; you have noticed the development of the individuals notably Seremaia Tuwai, Josua Vakurinabili and Paula Dranisikula who these times last year were going on their first tournament in France and London.”

“I cannot guarantee that we will get the result that everybody wants, but one thing is for sure is that we will do our absolute best,” he said.

Baber is also on the verge of breaking a record in most title wins in a series for any Fiji national coach provided he wins one or two upcoming tournaments.

He has won four tournaments so far Hamilton, Vancouver, Hong Kong and Singapore.

“I was not aware of that but my main focus is in the development of the players and making sure they are ready, and are all able to play at top international competitions consistently.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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