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7s for charity

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team are training and involved in a worthy cause during the off-season. Third on the World Sevens Series after winning Cape Town Sevens earlier this month,
22 Dec 2018 10:38
7s for charity
National Sevens rep, Mesulame Kunavula signs autograph for young fan, Junior Tuilevu 6 after training session at Albert Park on December 20,2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team are training and involved in a worthy cause during the off-season.

Third on the World Sevens Series after winning Cape Town Sevens earlier this month, the team assem­bled for two days before they break for the festive.

Following the team’s training ses­sion on Thursday the players were handed Fijian flags, rugby balls and a sevens rugby jersey to sign their names on.

These will then be presented to a man by the name of “Jerry” who works for Higgins Fiji and the Food Angel Charitable Organisation based in Hong Kong.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, Fiji Airways Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber explained the charity movement.

“The flag we bought is for a gen­tleman named “Jerry” who worked for Higgins Fiji, a road construc­tion company based in the Western Division,” Baber said.

“He stopped to help me when my tyre got punctured as we were trav­elling to Suva from Nadi with my family.

“It was very kind of him to stop and help my family.

“The other autographed balls and jerseys will be presented to a char­ity organisation, the Hong Kong Food Angel.

“They provide food for underpriv­ileged children in Hong Kong,” he said.

2018 recap

“We did some fantastic things, if you look at the full report, we did very well in some disciplines and we fell short in some,” Baber said.

“Some lack of maturity in the group comes with experience play­ing in this level but these young players were guided by the senior players that showed them how to live up and play at this level.

“It was displayed in Cape Town when we won that final.”

2019 plans

“Our plan is to win the 2018/2019 World Sevens Series,” he said.

“If we are able to do that, then it will show that we developed as a group, one year out of the Olym­pics, and that takes pressure away.

“This enables you to carry out plans that you have already. We know there are some new players that have come in and the beauty of the competition is the pressure is on them.

“We will retain this squad so they have time to develop together.”

FRU on Tuwai

Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor said he met with Baber and manager Jone Niu­rua regarding reports concerning Seremaia Tuwai switching to 15s.

“I met Gareth and Jone last week and they expressed their concerns on the story in relation Tuwai’s de­parture from the 7s team and him getting a contract overseas.

“They highlighted that the Fiji Sun should have at least tried to get the views of the FRU.

“Tuwai has not indicated to Baber, Jone and FRU that he will be leav­ing. Nor has he sought any release from the Fiji Rugby Union.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

Feedback: anasilinir@fijisun.com.fj



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