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DJ Forbes: The World Sevens Series is an Olympic qualifier and should be exciting; Tomasi Cama Jnr: We are really looking forward to the challenge Fijians bring. Former New Zealand
31 Oct 2018 10:19
Sevens On Up
From left; NZ 7’s assistant coach Tomasi Cama Jnr, Alivereti Bogiva(fan) and former NZ 7’s captain DJ Forbes at the Nadi International Airport on October 30,2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

DJ Forbes: The World Sevens Series is an Olympic qualifier and should be exciting;

Tomasi Cama Jnr: We are really looking forward to the challenge Fijians bring.

Former New Zealand rugby sevens reps DJ Forbes and Tomasi Cama Jnr believe the 2018-19 World Sevens Series which starts next month will be a different ball game altogether.

The duo are in the country to be part of the AccorHotels Race to Survive Fiji Cure Kids 2018 event which started in Nadi yesterday.

Forbes said the new season will be exciting as it’s a qualifier for the 2020 Olympic Games.

“I think everyone is pretty excited now as the World Sevens Series will determine who qualifies for the Olympics,”Forbes said.

“I guess New Zealand on a bit of high now after winning the Rugby Sevens World Cup and gold at the Commonwealth Games.

“I think everyone is excited about starting again with the Olympics in two years.

“Fiji always good to watch, they are consistently strong.

“It will be interesting to see how all the teams go as they build for the Olympics.”

Cama Jnr said, “I think it keeps getting harder and we can see that there are different teams winning different tournaments and you have got to give credit to South Africa for their consistency to win the World Series.

“I guess for Fiji it is going to be the same goal this year so we are really looking forward to the challenge Fijians bring.

“The boys are really excited and we started preparations a few weeks ago.

‘The boys are going to be here for the Oceania 7s next month as part of our build up for the World Sevens Series.

Forbes keeps his option open on coaching and he is one of those shortlisted to coach the Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s team now under the watch of Ro Alifereti Doviverata.

“We’ve had some chats we haven’t spoken too much about it,”Forbes said.

“ I think coaching is the next step for me, I will be doing a lot of coaching clinics I guess overseas and learning my trade and see how I’ll go from there but I guess it’s just a matter of time to see where I end up.”

Both Forbes and Fijian-born Cama have a strong connection with Fiji having played rugby in, and against, Fiji over the years.

“I have come here a few times but this is a great opportunity to try and give back to the local community and obviously me and my family spent a lot of time here so it’s nice to be a part of a charity race to try and raise some funds,” Forbes said.

The four-day AccorHotels Race to Survive Fiji event  aimed to raise over $1million for Cure Kids Fiji.

The event ends on Friday.

Edited by Osea Bola

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