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VINAKA, FIJI

VINAKA, FIJI
Gareth Baber(left)
July 18
10:31 2018

Everybody have been working hard for what’s ahead of us and I would like to thank fans and people of Fiji for their endless support-Gareth Baber

Gareth Baber could not have asked for more from his players and people of Fiji.

And yesterday the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s head coach expressed his gratitude for the massive contribution that’s been made so far towards preparation for the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco this weekend.

Speaking in a live video from San Francis­co Baber applauded the efforts made by the squad members towards preparation and he is confident they will deliver a power-packed performance at AT &T Park.

“Everybody have been working hard for what we have ahead of us,” Baber said

‘The players had been looking after them­selves well in terms of nutrition and lifestyle which was very encouraging to see.

“I am really proud of what they have achieved at this point and the hardest deci­sion in my career as a coach was to prepare and name a team for the World Cup.

“Initially I had 16 players with me in the squad but unfortunately I had to drop four them as only 12 met the selection criteria.

“I would like to say a big ‘Vinaka Vakalevu’ to all our fans and supporters back at home and the Fiji Rugby Union staff for their end­less support in assisting us to prepare for this important tournament.

Baber added that the boys reminded each other that this is bigger than just individual selection even if it might hurt them or their families back at home.

Meanwhile, Fiji will play their first knock­out game against the winner between the Japan and Uruguay match at 3.53pm this Saturday.

Barring any upsets, they will either meet Argentina or Canada in the Cup quarterfinal which begins at 10.32am Sunday, they will either meet Australia or New Zealand in the Cup semifinals at 7.40am next Monday and will either meet South Africa, England or USA in the final at 12.49pm.

Edited by Osea Bola

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