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ANALYSIS: Baber’s ‘Team Of Leaders’

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s side are one of the inexpe­rienced teams to play in the Hamilton and Sydney tourna­ments of the 2018/19 HSBC World Sevens Series. With the unavailability
20 Jan 2019 11:00
ANALYSIS: Baber’s ‘Team Of Leaders’
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber with the players at Albert Park, Suva on January 18, 2019. Photo: Simione Haravanua

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s side are one of the inexpe­rienced teams to play in the Hamilton and Sydney tourna­ments of the 2018/19 HSBC World Sevens Series.

With the unavailability of key playmakers Vatemo Ravouvou and Amenoni Nasilasila, has resulted in exciting talents like Terio Tamani and Napolioni Ratu stepping in for them.

For head coach Gareth Baber, it’s a mammoth task of guiding these new players.

And for the Welshman, he often turned to his ‘group of leaders’ in the team when it comes to con­sultation and discussions about strategies of steering them for­ward.

Baber spoke about this while talking about the selection crite­ria he had adopted and reiterated the importance of experience and having good leaders in the team.

“You need good leadership when you go to places like Australia and New Zealand to play rugby,” Baber said during an interview after their final training run at Albert Park, Suva.

After watching the team train in Suva for the past few weeks, this ‘group of leaders’ began to emerge as they operate on how best they can keep the new players together and focused on the task ahead. This is done despite shoul­dering the huge expectation of the nation for them to win.

So let’s take a look at the play­ers who are part of this ‘team of leaders’ working hard behind the scene to ensure that all things go well.

7S LEADERS

KALIONE NASOKO: He’s vocal on and off the field and always leads by example.

He commands the respect of the players and officials as well.

One big plus for this Yasawa na­tive, is the fact that he always questions the referee, if he’s not happy with the decision made- even during friendly matches.

SEREMAIA TUWAI: Olympian and senior member of the group. Tuwai is more of a doer.

During their endurance train­ing at Albert Park, when play­ers’ were struggling to complete their final run, the veteran half­back took his time to pick up his training partner young Tamani, embraced him and uttered a few enouraging words.

This somewhat reignited Tam­ani as he zoomed away to finish the run.

PAULA DRANISINUKULA: Has that never- say- die attitude.

Paula is a man of a few words but when he speaks the players know what is wanted of them and are ready to put their bodies on the line.

JOSUA VAKURINABILI: Very vo­cal and quick to react in urging the players on when the going gets tough.

MESULAME KUNAVULA: Rarely smiles and is more of a perfection­ist, in wanting to see that their moves like set pieces, kick offs and line-outs are done correctly.

He also has this no-nonsense at­titude.

Edited by Osea Bola

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