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7s Target

  Acting coach Nacanieli Cawanibuka is ready to lead the Vodafone Fijian 7s team into the 2016-17 World Sevens Series in Dubai and Cape Town next week. Holding the position
24 Nov 2016 14:03
7s Target
President Major-General (ret’d) Jioji Konrote (left) and Vodafone Fijian 7s captain Osea Koilinisau at the State House yesterday. Photo: DEPTFO News

 

Acting coach Nacanieli Cawanibuka is ready to lead the Vodafone Fijian 7s team into the 2016-17 World Sevens Series in Dubai and Cape Town next week.

Holding the position until Gareth Baber starts in January, Cawanibuka said he is out to prove himself.

“The challenge is there and it is good, that is what this is all about,” Cawanibuka said.

“I relish the challenge and obviously have got quite a bit on my plate and I am making sure I help players perform and get the best out of them.

“There is a lot of homework that goes into the coaching role, I appreciate all the work that all the coaches have done and also Ben Ryan in the last few years.”

Going into their fifth week of camp, Cawanibuka said the players responded well during training and believes they have a good set of players who can do the job.

“From the very first day, the boys have rocked up into camp and I am sure they have made the necessary transformation in order to prepare for the Dubai 7s and it has been good,” he said.

“We have been blessed that there hasn’t been any major injuries even though training has been tough.  The boys have turned up to training with the expectations that there is a chasing pack behind Fiji right now.

“We are the target for other teams hence the reason for us to pick up our game as best we can with what we can control.

“We have been blessed with some really good players in the team. The side is fit and the side has got speed, there are some pretty fast players in the team and I am sure they are looking forward to playing next week.

“We will pace our game around what we look at as our strengths. We have some good talent in the middle of the field, especially in the halfback and playmaker role.

“With that, we will have our combinations in place and also look at the teams that we will be playing against and the kind of game we want to play.

“I think the world knows that there is no secret to how Fiji plays, it’s going to be high tempo and free flow running game and that won’t change in Dubai next week.”

Pooled with Wales, Argentina and Canada, Cawanibuka said it will not be an easy pool, especially with former Samoa 7s coach Damien McGrath now coaching the Canucks.

“Canada will be an interesting team to go up against because they have a new coach, I am sure they will be coming up with a plan.

“Wales and Argentina are tough teams to beat. We struggled against the Pumas in Rio, they have some new players in their ranks but it won’t change the way they approach us.

“For us, we will focus on what we are there to do which is to perform to our best. Given the personnel in the team, there is enough senior heads and leadership in the team to put on a good show in Dubai and Cape Town.”

Fiji play their first match against Canada at 7:52pm next week Friday.

Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback:  justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 



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