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Focus On HK First: Baber

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber has named an extended squad of 16 players to travel to Hong Kong for a preparation camp before the Hong Kong 7s and
29 Mar 2018 11:00
Focus On HK First: Baber
Fiji sevens Commonwealth squad member Alosio Naduva touch down for try against Providers during a friendly match at Uprising ground on March 28, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber has named an extended squad of 16 players to travel to Hong Kong for a preparation camp before the Hong Kong 7s and the Com­monwealth Games in Brisbane.

The team that will travel to Hong Kong for the pre-tour camp will include the 13 players selected last week by Baber for the Commonwealth Games and three extra players.

They will train at the Hong Kong Institute of Sports before Baber selects the final team to defend the Hong Kong 7s title on April 4.

“It is important to take the 16 to Hong Kong so that we can pre­pare them for both tournaments. I have every intention of select­ing the best team for the Hong Kong 7s and ensuring that we defend our title successfully.

“Our first task is to tackle the Hong Kong 7s first before we travel to the Commonwealth Games to battle it out for the gold medal,” Baber said. “As I highlighted when naming the Commonwealth Games squad, there could also be changes if there are injuries.

The team is aiming to become the first team to win the Hong Kong 7s title four consecutive years in a row in the 43 year his­tory of the event.

The Extended Squad are:

Semi Kunatani, Jasa Veremal­ua, Josua Vakurinabili, Paula Dranisinukula, Kalione Nasoko, Jerry Tuwai, Vatemo Ravouvou, Amenoni Nasilasila, Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Mesulame Kuna­vula, Eroni Sau, Alasio Naduva, Samisoni Viriviri, Isake Katoni­bau, Apenisa Cakaubalavu, Wai­sea Nacuqu.

-FRU Media

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