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Baber Monitors Injured Players

Vodafone Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber believes that team work will get the three new players adjust to the 7s environment quickly. The team had their training run at
15 Feb 2017 11:00
Baber Monitors Injured Players
Vodafone Fijian 7s coach, Gareth Baber.

Vodafone Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber believes that team work will get the three new players adjust to the 7s environment quickly.

The team had their training run at the Uprising Beach Resort in Pacific Harbour, Deuba yesterday to prepare for the Las Vegas and Vancouver 7s tournaments.

The Las Vegas tournament will be for March 3-5 while Vancouver is set from March 11-12.

The new players in the training squad are First Light Taveuni playmaker Lemeki Tulele, Josua Kurinabili and Tevita Nabura.

“We had our first training session this morning along with the new players,” Baber said.

“This is good and will lift the competition level in the squad. We shall see everybody doing their work from now on.”

Baber said he was glad to see how the senior players have bonded with the new players by leading the charge and setting good examples.

“It’s good that we have new players in the squad, it will take them a while to settle into the way we do things here.

“But we have a group of players who will be helping people who come in by adding some values. So all this went well in the first day and we see how it goes from there.”

Baber confirmed that the 23 players have marched into camp and they will continue to monitor the progress of the injured players.

They are Masivesi Dakuwaqa, Apisai Domolailai and Amenoni Nasilasila.

“Dakuwaqa and Domolailai missed out on the Wellington and Sydney tournaments and it was the first time we saw them back at training this morning and they will be monitored over the next few days.

“Nasilasila is due to have a scan on Friday but he did take part in training today.”

The Fijians are grouped in Pool D in Las Vegas alongside Australia, Scotland and Japan and as defending champions the coach has stated they would continue to focus on the team’s strengths.

“Our focus is to continue to work on things that we are good at and make us play the style of rugby that we play and my role is to get players to know exactly what their roles is.

“I think the more we get together, the longer we have in terms of engaging our fitness level, having looked at our oppositions will put us in a better position,” he added.

Fiji play their first pool match against Japan at 12:09pm on Saturday, March 4, then take on Scotland at 3:08pm and their final pool match against Australia is on Sunday, March 5, at 9:50am.

 

Squad:  Jasa Veremalua,  Kalione Nasoko,  Mesulame Kunavula,  Nemani Nagusa, Setareki Bituniyata,  Sevuloni Mocenacagi,  Paula Dranisinukula,  Apisai Domolailai,  Masivesi Dakuwaqa, Jerry Tuwai, Waisea Nacuqu, Alivereti Veitokani,  Vatemo Ravouvou, Samisoni Viriviri, Josua Vici, Nacanieli Labalaba,  Joeli Lutumailagi,  Osea Kolinisau, Tevita Nabura,  Josua Kurinabili, Lemeki Tulele, Emosi Mulevoro, Amenoni Nasilasila

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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