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Training Match Against England, Says Baber

Training Match Against England, Says Baber
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber (second from left), Naca Cawanibuka and Kalione Nasoko in their camp in London on May 25, 2018. Photo: Gabby Abariga
May 27
15:01 2018

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team take on Eng­land in a practice match tomorrow before the London 7s gets underway this weekend.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday head coach Ga­reth Baber said they have completed their first training run in London.

‘It was really what we call flush session,” he said.

“There were issues of the players sleeping last night but its matter of adapting to the time differ­ence. So, everybody is in good health and we are get­ting ready for another big day.”

Baber said for today they’re having two training sessions which also include a gym workout.

HOLLAND RETURNS

Australian men’s sevens skipper Lewis Holland is locked in for a return at the London Sevens, one of six changes to a 13-man squad that will push for Cup glory at Twickenham.

Holland hasn’t featured for Australia since injur­ing his hamstring in Vancouver, missing out on the Commonwealth Games campaign and Tim Walsh’s first tournament in charge, a second-place finish in Singapore.

His return is a welcome one, adding playmaking nous to a side which went into Singapore without its skipper and senior players James Stannard and Tom Lucas.

The latter also returns to Walsh’s side, with Stan­nard still eyeing a return at the World Cup in San Francisco.

“It’s great to welcome back Lewis and his experi­ence,” coach Tim Walsh said.

“I’ve had a large group of players to select from and this has enabled a strong team for the final two legs of the 2017/18 World Series. Joe (Pincus) has all the attributes to be a great Sevens player for Australia.

“He’s done his apprenticeship and has been knock­ing down the door of selection for a while now and the whole squad is excited to see him make his de­but on the Twickenham turf in London.”

Walsh set his sights on going one better, having fallen to Fiji after the final siren in the Cup final in Singapore.

“We fell short in Singapore and we don’t accept defeats no matter how they are perceived,” he said.

“Five out of our six games came down to the last play and we won four of them. We need to be relish­ing the moments in pressure games and also learn to put teams away to avoid the games that should not be close.”

Squad: Joe Pincus, Tom Connor, Sam Myers, Lewis Holland (C), Ben O’Donnell, John Porch, Tim An­stee, Triston Reilly, Boyd Killingworth, Tom Lucas, Maurice Longbottom, Lloyd McDermott, Lachie An­derson, Liam McNamara

Edited by Grace Narayan

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