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National Sevens side during training at Uprising Resort ground on May 10, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar
May 17
10:00 2018

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s  coach Gareth Baber will be keeping a close eye on injured experienced forwards Sevuloni Mocenacagi and Kalione Nasoko.

“Lanky forwards Mocenacagi and Nasoko have joined the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s training camp this week to prepare for the London and Paris 7s which would also conclude the 2017/2018 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series,” he said.

“Sevuloni Mocenacagi, who damaged one of his ribs is with us and he had light training.”

Baber said 23 players had marched into camp and had a training run at the Uprising Beach Resort in Pacific Harbour, Deuba yesterday.

The Welsh mentor is not shying away from the challenge of keeping the Fiji sevens squad ahead of the pack.

This is after Fiji, whose last world championship title came in 2016, overcame reigning champion South Africa to lead the overall standings for the first time this year at the Singapore 7s.

Fiji currently leads the World Sevens Series points table with 145 points ahead of South Africa (141), New Zealand (120), Australia (108) and USA (93).

Baber said the pressure to win the title for Fiji is not weighing heavy on his players ahead of the London and Paris leg, next month.

“It is the same as any other tournament; we have started preparing for the London and Paris 7s which would also conclude the 2017/2018 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series,” he said.

“The pressure is the same and our training session with the boys’ will be the same as the rest.

“And, similarly to what we’ve done in Hong Kong and Singapore, in trying to establish some structures for sustainability as well – making them as consistent as possible and keeping them at the top of world rugby,” he said.

“Uluiyata Batinisavu had been in the previous training camps and Vatemo Ravouvou who missed the Singapore 7s because he was sick is back. Samisoni Viriviri had been in the Hong Kong and Commonwealth Games squad.

“Viriviri is performing well and he improves well week by week. He did well at the Hong Kong leg and at the Common Wealth games but unfortunately he could not played in the finals due to injuries,” he said.

He said was working with the players who had been part of the team this season and there was no inclusion of new players.

“There are a lot of good players who have done marvellous job in the past legs. There are players who are in the Fiji 7s team who have performed well and I will treat him like any other players,” he said.

“The players who had been part of the team in the previous tournaments are back in the team with Keponi Paul and Teri Tamani who both played in Singapore.”

 

 Edited by Anasilini  Ratuva

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