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Baber: It’s All Hard Work

Baber: It’s All Hard Work
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s players Vatemo Ravouvou (left), Eroni Sau, Josua Vakurinabili, Leone Nakarawa during their training in Utah on July 6, 2018. Photo: FRU Media
July 07
13:03 2018

The players and officials of the Fiji Air­ways Fijian 7s team are working around the clock to be ready for the Rugby World Cup Sevens, which kicks-off on July 20-22 in San Francisco.

Speaking from their training camp in Utah yesterday head coach Gareth Baber said they have settled in, rested and started with their preparations .

“We’re getting used to the altitude,” he said.

“We started our training with a gym session before we did a bit of running.”

Baber said for the next two days it’s going to boil down to hard work.

“We are also going to play a couple of games against the local teams as we’ll continue on with our preparations.”

AUSTRALIA SECURES REBELS’ WINGER

The Australian men’s sevens team have se­cured the signature of speedster Henry Hutch­ison ahead of the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sev­ens.

The 2016 World Rugby Sevens Rookie of the Year has been lured back to the Sevens fold by coach Tim Walsh after being granted an early release from his contract by the Melbourne Re­bels.

The 21-year old has an amazing strike rate in Rugby Sevens having scored 52 tries in 91 games over two seasons, that included selec­tion at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Ja­neiro.

“I’m really excited to be back with the Sev­ens team, especially so close to a Sevens World Cup,” Hutchison told Sport360.

“I had a really good time down in Melbourne and learned a lot from the Rebels players and coaching staff so hopefully I can apply a bit of that to my game in sevens. I have to thank the Rebels and Walshy for sorting it all out to get me here before the World Cup as they knew that was important to me.”

Walsh said: “To attract talent such as Henry back into the sevens programme fortifies the strength and attractiveness of the Sevens game.”

COME PREPARED, UGANDA WARNS

Uganda Rugby Cranes skipper Michael Okorach said they should not be taken lightly during the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco.

“It will be our first time at the World Cup and we shall make sure we battle to give a good im­pression,” Okorach told KweséESPN during an interview.

Uganda together with Zimbabwe, Kenya, and World Rugby Sevens Series champions South Africa will represent the African continent during the World Cup slated for July 20-22 at the AT&T Park.

“There is no team that should take us for granted because we have gained lots of experi­ence over the years and recently played in the Commonwealth Games and some sevens’ tour­naments in Germany, Dubai, Cape Town and Hong Kong,” added Okorach.

Although Samoa- their first opponents at the World Cup- have been in the sevens arena for a long time at the top level, the captain said that Uganda is determined to prove a point that it was not by mistake that the Sevens Rugby Cranes qualified for the World Cup.

Edited by Osea Bola

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