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  The five-day camp should be enough to find a winning combination for the Vodafone Fijian 7s team, says manager Ropate Kauvesi. Speaking to SUNsports from Nadi International Airport yesterday,
05 May 2016 12:00
We Need to Connect
Vodafone 7s rep at the Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

 

The five-day camp should be enough to find a winning combination for the Vodafone Fijian 7s team, says manager Ropate Kauvesi.

Speaking to SUNsports from Nadi International Airport yesterday, he said with the inclusion of the Europe based-players, they are confident that things would work out during that period.

“Having these players for five days will not be a mammoth task,” Kauvesi said.

He reiterated the reason of getting the players across from France was for them to train together and see how they gel as a team.

The players are Glasgow Warriors second-row Leone Nakarawa, Stade Francais centre Waisea Nayacalevu, Samisoni Viriviri of Montauban along with Toulon pair- winger Josua Tuisova and Semi Kunatani.

Kunatani played for the Vodafone Fijian 7s side in their win in Hong Kong last month but had to be rested in Singapore after he pulled a hamstring.

“Having these guys for five days should help them get the feel of what is expected which includes training.

“Mixing them with the local players will enable us to see how things flow.

“They all have played sevens before and right now it is about seeing how things connect before jumping on the field.

“At the end of the day Ben (Ryan) will pick the best 12 to go to Paris. We are slowly climbing up and each training camp is different from the others. In each camp we analysed what our last tournament was like and what we need to work on and at the same time keep building what we’ve build so far and improved it. Right now we are going into the last two tournaments and we are very comfortable.”

Kauvesi said the competition would be tough as other teams want to end well to seal their platform towards the Olympic Games in August.

“Each team will bring their best and especially when they are playing Fiji you know it’s A+, A+, A+ for them and we have to be on top. Basically its an exciting last leg of the seven sevens,” he added.

The Vodafone Fijians lead the series with 147 points ahead of South Africa with 139 then closely followed by New Zealand with 135.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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