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Baber Keeps Momentum

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team coach Gareth Baber has opted to go to Las Vegas with the winning combination of the Hamilton Sevens tournament in New Zealand. Baber retained
20 Feb 2018 14:00
Baber Keeps Momentum
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s prop Paula Dranisinukula with the Hamilton Sevens Cup after their win in New Zealand on February 4, 2018. He retains his spot for the USA 7s in Las Vegas and the Vancover 7s in Canada. Photo: Zimbio

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team coach Gareth Baber has opted to go to Las Vegas with the winning combination of the Hamilton Sevens tournament in New Zealand.

Baber retained his 13-member squad which included, Sevuloni Mocenacagi who was suspended for a dangerous tackle against Samoa in the Hamilton Sevens Cup quar­terfinals

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday Baber said, this is important as he needs to keep the momentum on and at the same time create a win­ning culture in the team.

“Most of the players played well in Hamilton and we are looking to them for another consistent perfor­mance,” he said.

Nippy winger Waisea Nacuqu has recovered from an ankle injury and should be back to his best.

Baber said the remaining players in the extended squad would con­tinue on with their training under assistant coach Saiasi Fuli.

“The team will continue to build-up for the Commonwealth Games and the Hong Kong 7s,” he added.

Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor reminded players that their performance needed to be consistent in every leg of the series. This is for their build-up for the Hong Kong 7s, Common­wealth Games and the Sevens Rug­by World Cup in July.

“It is up to the players to go out there and perform like champions and win both tournaments. We wish them all the best and God Speed in Las Vegas and Vancou­ver.”

The USA 7s will be played at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas from March 2-4.

The Fijians are pooled with Ken­ya, France and Russia in Pool A.

The Seremaia Tuwai-led side will leave for Los Angeles tomorrow.

Squad: Josua Vakurunabili, Paula Dranisinukula, Mesulame Kunavu­la, Jasa Veremalua, Vasikali Mudu, Seremaia Tuwai 9captain), Vatemo Ravouvou, Amenoni Nasilasila, Waisea Nacuqu, Sevuloni Mocena­cagi, Alosio Naduva, Eroni Sau, Ka­lione Nasoko.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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