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Contracts Now Finalised: Baber

The 17 players of the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team have signed their contracts for the remainder of the season. The new contracts for 2018 were offered to players last
23 Feb 2018 11:00
Contracts Now Finalised: Baber
Gareth Baber Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The 17 players of the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team have signed their contracts for the remainder of the season. The new contracts for 2018 were offered to players last month, after the previous deals had lapsed.

This was confirmed to Radio New Zealand by head coach Gareth Baber indicating that it’s now finalised.

“The FRU put a number of contracts out to the players- there’s 17 players now that have signed those contracts,” Baber said.

All 13 players selected for the upcoming World Series legs in Las Vegas and Vancouver have inked new deals and Baber said he also left some contract spots open.

“There’s always tournaments going on in Fiji and there’s always talent that’s coming out of that,” he said.

“We recently had the Coral Coast Sevens and there were two players that came out of that one, which I’ve invited in last week to train with us and they’ll continue to train while we’re away.

“And that’s positive to keep that incentive for any Fijian player who’s playing domestic sevens here in Fiji to have the opportunity to put his hand up in those domestic competitions to potentially get into a training squad and/or pick up a contract.”

The Fijian team flew out to the United States and will spend five days training at the University of Arizona in Tuscon before the World Series resumes in Las Vegas next weekend.

Baber said it was a good chance to get away from any distractions

“It really, from a selfish perspective, gets them focused on the job at hand,” he said.

“It also enables us because we’re with each other to communicate a lot better in terms of having more time with analysis, having more time with communicating with the players – them understanding their roles and their jobs and the expectations coming into tournament.

“But ultimately it gives us a management time of the players physically and in terms of what they’re providing rugby-wise as well and like Tuscon, the facilities there at the Arizona University are second-to-none,” he added.

Edited by Grace Narayan

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