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Fijians Fantastic

Bryan Habana believes the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team is in good hands. The former Springboks wing was impressed with how the Gareth Baber-coached side took part in the first
15 Jan 2019 11:59
Fijians Fantastic
Springbok rugby legend Bryan Habana (left) with Salote Naisua at the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort on January 14, 2019. Photo: Salote Naisua

Bryan Habana believes the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team is in good hands.

The former Springboks wing was impressed with how the Gareth Baber-coached side took part in the first cluster of the World Sevens Series. The Fijians lost to USA in the Cup quarterfinal in Dubai but managed to beat the Mike Friday-coached side in the Cup final in Cape Town.

“In the first two tournaments, the Fijians were really dominant even though US was the number one team in the world,”Habana said.

“I think Fiji is in good hands.”

The 2007 World Rugby player of the year is impressed with the way Fijians play the abbreviated code.

He was fortunate to play with Josua Tuisova, a member of the 2106 Rio Olympics gold medal winning team, for Toulon in Top 14 competition in France.

“I played with Tuisova and other Fijians in France. When they are off the field they are amazing, on the field they show the level of skills that is literally unreal.

“I have played against Fijians a few times. I think the level of skills these guys literally have is fantastic.”

Habana was excited to be the chief guest at the 2019 Fiji Coral Coast Sevens.

“This is my first experience in Fiji and it is going to a fantastic one.

“I am really excited to part of the tournament this week. I have a couple of plans, a couple of Safari and couple of tours.

“I have heard a lot of things about the Sigatoka Safari and they really put a lot of plans for us. I think this is an opportunity to explore and experience the landscape around Fiji, meet more of the people and the true Fiji.

“We only see Fiji rugby players on TV and it is going to be exciting to experience Fiji with my family. It’s a once in a lifetime experience and for that I am really grateful.”

The 2019 McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast Sevens starts tomorrow with the Uprising Youth Sevens competition.

-Edited by Osea Bola

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