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Baber Keeps Selection Door Open

  Rugby players participating in the CMFI Macuata 7s tournament in Labasa have an opportunity to showcase their talents to im­press Fiji Airways Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber. Baber is
27 Oct 2018 10:57
Baber Keeps Selection Door Open
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber with youths from Nakama village at Subrail Park, Labasa on October 25,2018. Photo: Nacanieli Tuilevuka

 

Rugby players participating in the CMFI Macuata 7s tournament in Labasa have an opportunity to showcase their talents to im­press Fiji Airways Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber.

Baber is keeping the selection doors open for play­ers to feature in the 2018/19 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

He said Fiji is blessed with the abundance of tal­ents but these talents need to be worked on to pro­duce a complete player.

“Talent alone is not enough and it’s about your ability to recognise who you are in the team and your abilities to work hard to drive the team. That is what we expect from the players,” he said.

“I’m looking for a point of difference and how they make decisions on the field and I want to see people work hard for their team.

“I believe wholeheartedly in the concept of a team and how an individual fits within a team en­vironment,” he said.

Baber said the change he wants to see in the team is the maturity of the group and how they handle situations when under pressure.

“Participating in local tournaments and the Christian Mission Fellowship International 7s provides the opportunity to introduce new players and get some players who are already in the sys­tem to play together as a team. It helps us select the best players for the series,” he said.

“It’s important for us as a team and for the com­petition and we treat that with respect. When we go to a tournament we want to be competitive and make it a good tournament.

“I’m always looking at talents and ultimately see­ing people playing against the Fiji team, there are some talents that could be drafted into the squad.

“Some of these teams have been playing in vari­ous local tournaments, I have been to and hope­fully at the end of that, if it’s part of their develop­ment to come into sevens then we will be looking into that.”

“Obviously there is an integration process that you get just pulling a player out and dropping him in alongside players who have been doing it for two or three seasons.

“It takes a while for them to settle, so we can get the best out of them.

“The Fiji 7s team has been participating in vari­ous tournaments and we are trying out all our new players and also to fire them-up.”

Fifty two teams are currently participating in the three-day tournament, which continues today.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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