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7s Teams Present iTatau To President

His Excellency the President, Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konusi Konrote yesterday received the Fiji Airways Men’s and Women’s 7s team at Borron House. Both teams presented their “i-Tatau” of traditional
29 Jun 2018 12:13
7s Teams Present iTatau To President
All the best ... President Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote (left), shakes hands and wishes Fiji Airways 7s team coach Gareth Baber good luck. Photos: FRU Media

His Excellency the President, Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konusi Konrote yesterday received the Fiji Airways Men’s and Women’s 7s team at Borron House.

Both teams presented their “i-Tatau” of traditional farewell to the head of state prior to their departure for the 2018 Rugby World Cup 7s in San Francisco.

While accepting the i-Tatau from the national 7s sides, President Konrote congratulated both teams on their selection to the Fiji team and wished them well in their participation at the Rugby World Cup competition next month.

“You take with you the blessings of every Fijian, the Government and all your friends and families here and abroad,” President Konrote said.

Following the presentation of their i-Tatau, the Fiji Airways Men’s 7s team broke camp yesterday following their first week of preparations for the RWC 7s.

Fiji Airways Men’s 7s Coach, Gareth Baber said that the team had a good couple of days training at the Uprising Beach Resort Ground and the players were put to the test in their Scrag game against local 7s team, Tabadamu where they were also able to identify areas they needed to work on.

“We had a good couple of training days in Pacific Harbour. We put the players through some grueling gym work and some pitch work as well where they got some conditioning done,” Baber said.

“We got to test some of that when we played against Tabadamu which was really good for us.  We played two blocks of Scrag and two blocks of contact as well, so it was a good challenge for us because it highlighted where we are at the moment and the areas that we need to work on as well.”

Baber confirmed that apart from some niggles and bumps, all the players were fit and healthy.

“All the players are healthy which is always great and there are no major injuries, just a couple of niggles and bumps,” he said.

The Fiji Airways Men’s 7s team will spend this weekend with their families before their depart next week for a pre-tournament camp in Utah.

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