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Fiji, England Hitout

  The Vodafone Fijian 7s team will be having scrimmaging sessions against England as they prepare for the Paris 7s next week at Stade Jean Bouin in France. The team
07 May 2016 14:22
Fiji, England Hitout
Vodafone 7s reps with fans at the Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

 

The Vodafone Fijian 7s team will be having scrimmaging sessions against England as they prepare for the Paris 7s next week at Stade Jean Bouin in France.

The team arrived in London, England, last night and will have a week to train together with the five overseas-based players joining the squad as well.

Coach Ben Ryan said there would be no difference in the way training was conducted, the only difference would be the warm-up matches they have.

“We have a normal training week ahead including games against England.” Ryan said.

Fiji very seldom play warm-up matches against big teams such as England, but it will be essential in picking out the best 12 to represent Fiji at the Paris and London 7s.

The scrimmage against England will give Ryan a chance to test out combinations with the local and overseas-based players Samisoni Viriviri, Leone Nakarawa, Waisea Nayacalevu, and Josua Tuisova and to see how well they fit in the squad.

Vodafone Fijian 7s manager, Ropate Kauvesi said the main focus now for the team was  the Paris 7s.

“Our main focus now is playing well in France and anything that happens after that in London is a bonus,” Kauvesi said.

“As everyone knows our target is to finish at the top and so far we have managed to keep our lead and we are definitely looking forward to achieving that.”

Fiji is in Pool B with Samoa, Scotland and Wales.

 

Battle of the Pacific Islands

The Vodafone Fijian 7s team has been pooled for the fifth time with Pacific rivals Samoa and once again will go head to head in the Paris Sevens. Samoa has been the only team to beat Fiji in their pool games with the first being in Las Vegas (Samoa 28-24 Fiji) and Singapore (Samoa 28-14) and secured the Plate in Singapore by upsetting New Zealand 26-21.

Head coach Damien McGrath said his team would be working extremely hard in the last two tournaments.

“This next period of time is the most important part of the season for us. We have been building towards the Olympic qualifiers in June,” McGrath told Samoa Observer.

“Fitness is now in a maintenance phase and our ‘work-on’s’ will be our basic skills and our systems of attack and defence. I always meet with players one-on-one to give them individual feedback as we look to build on our strengths and reduce errors.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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