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How I Select My 14 : Baber

Vodafone Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber based his selection of the 14 member squad for the Hong Kong-Singapore leg on work ethic, discipline and behaviour on the field. “I’ve looked
30 Mar 2017 11:00
How I Select My 14 : Baber
Vodafone Fijian 7's coach, Gareth Baber during training yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Vodafone Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber based his selection of the 14 member squad for the Hong Kong-Singapore leg on work ethic, discipline and behaviour on the field.

“I’ve looked at discipline, what we have been doing in and outside training and the behaviours that I see,” Baber said.

“The players in the squad are the ones that are working the hardest, putting up the most that they can and are the best role models.

“We want to make sure we are bringing in as much energy and precision as we can to Hong Kong.

“So that’s what my decisions were based on, I do a lot based on what happens in training because obviously the work ethic and the behaviours you see in training are what generally comes out on the rugby field.

“Fiji needs all of these boys to be at the top of their game in Hong Kong.”

Doubling their efforts in training, the team has been not only trained during the day but also at night as most of their games will be played in the evening.

“We’ve been training at night especially to see how well the boys perform under the floodlights.”

 

Experiences crucial for future

Making his first appearance in the 2016-2017 World Sevens Series, Baber shared Isake Katonibau’s inclusion.

“His work ethic, organisational skills, you guys probably don’t see it, but it is matched off the field as well,” Baber said.

“You look at players like Nacanieli Labalaba, Mesulame Kunavula and Kalione Nasoko,they are in their early 20s.They are our players for the next four or five years. “If they can pick up on the experience of somebody like Katonibau and how he goes about his business under pressure, then they would benefit from it in the long run.”

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