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Baber Welcomes Return Of Injured 2

Baber Welcomes Return Of Injured 2
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s forward Josua Vakurinabili takes a selfie with the players (left-right) Apenisa Cakaubalavu, Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Alasio Naduva, Paula Dranisinukula and Kalione Nasoko (kneeling) at Albert Park, Suva on January 8, 2019. Photo: Leone Cabenatabua
January 09
09:57 2019

The return of forwards Paula Dranisinukula and Josua Vakurinabili from injuries have lifted the Fiji Airways Fi­jian 7s team’s preparation for the 2018/19 HSBC World Sevens Series tournaments in Hamilton and Syd­ney.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, Baber said he was working on bal­ance in the squad with the likes of mixing around experienced and new players in the team.

“I’m happy that Paula Dranisinu­kala and Josua Vakurinabili are back in the team training,” he said.

“The big thing with Paula is the fracture on his leg which we are making sure he recovers well and progressively to be strong for the Hamilton and Sydney 7s. And as the captain in the group it is a posi­tive impact for us.

“There lots of pressure in the side especially in trying to defend the Hamilton 7s title and we’re aware of the level of expectation from the public here as well as the Fijians living in New Zealand.

“We are currently focusing on our fitness and conditioning level of each of the player as we want to replicate what we did at Cape Town. And players are urged to be fit and at the right state before taking on the field for any tournament.”

Baber said they are working on their defence which went well dur­ing the semi-final and final of the Cape Town 7s.

“I want that to be part of what we are going to do again. And part of it is to be aggressive in people’s face making sure they don’t have enough time and space to deliver.”

TABADAMU 7S

Baber said he would be releasing some of the players for this week­end’s Tabadamu 7s tournament at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori.

“Hopefully it will be a great plat­form for them to get some training prep before the actual tournament.

“Also, I would like to watch the tournament and see other young talents out there capable of joining the team.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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