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Former Reps Predict Good Outing In Sydney

Two former national sevens reps said the Gareth Baber- coached Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team can emulate their fine form at the Sydney sevens this weekend. Police Constable Mitieli Nacagi­levu
02 Feb 2019 10:10
Former Reps Predict Good Outing In Sydney
From left Sergeant Alivereti Nainoca assists Police Constable Mitieli Nacagilevu and Private Apisai Domolailai at the Blackrock camp, Nadi on Fenruary 1, 2019. Photo: RFMF Cell

Two former national sevens reps said the Gareth Baber- coached Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team can emulate their fine form at the Sydney sevens this weekend.

Police Constable Mitieli Nacagi­levu and Private Apisai Domolailai are both part of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces personnel ear­marked for a one-year tour of duty with the Multi National Force and Observers mission in Sinai, Egypt.

“Last week successful result at Hamilton was the outcome of team­work, team bonding and unity that exist in the team,” Nacagilevu said.

“I believe that if the team brings in that same ingredients this week­end, than we are in for a fruitful weekend.”

Domolailai, a member of the 2016 Rio Olympics gold medal winning team, said he was positive about the team’s performance this week­end.

“Although many of the players a young and new, they have shown their potential in the last two tour­naments,” he said.

He added great players rise to the occasion when it matters the most.

The former reps are part of the contingent undergoing six weeks training at the RFMF Blackrock Peacekeeping School in Votualevu, Nadi.

The draft training which began on Monday has been focusing on basic military skills, weapon training, first aid which includes physical fitness aims to challenge the men­tal and physical fitness of potential candidate before they are deployed.

“I have always heard about sol­diers being deployed to the Middle East for peacekeeping duties but to be part of it is a surreal experi­ence,” said Domolailai.

He said he had made new friends and is looking forward to his first tour of duty.

When asked how he feel after be­ing part of the national team trav­elling around the globe and now to be living as a soldier in the ‘tent vil­lage’ at Blackrock camp, the hum­ble Olympian said it was a different experience altogether and he’s en­joying every moment of it.

“I’m learning new things as this is totally different from basic recruit however I have some mates that are helping me out.”

Nacagilevu on the other hand said he was grateful to God for his guid­ance.

He said being part of the mili­tary’s pre-deployment training at Blackrock was a dream come true. “I would like to thank my family for the support and also the Com­missioner of Police for this oppor­tunity.

“I have always heard about sol­diers being trained at Blackrock camp before they are sent to war torn countries but to be part of it is both exciting and challenging. “I know that coming from a police background, I will need to quickly adapt to the military lifestyle and command structure.”

However, he said he was looking forward to their next week jungle training at Nausori highlands.

– RFMF Media Cell

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