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Fijiana Coach: Working With FRU To Secure Long-term Contracts

The former national 7s halfback highlighted this after the training squad completed their intense training and fitness test at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva yesterday.
28 Mar 2019 11:51
Fijiana Coach: Working With FRU To Secure Long-term Contracts

Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s head coach Saiasi Fuli is working with the Fiji Rugby Union in trying to secure long term contracts for the players.

The former national 7s halfback highlighted this after the training squad completed their intense training and fitness test at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva yesterday.

This is part of their build-up to the Kitakyushu 7s in Japan on April 20-21.  Speaking to SUNsports yesterday Fuli said preparations are on track with the side as they look forward to maintaining their eighth position on the World Rugby sevens circuit.

“So far so good, with our preparations for the last seven weeks.

“We started last two weeks ago with our daily training and also we went to camp,” Fuli said.

“The selection for the Fijiana 7s side is a bit tough at the moment.”

The no-nonsense coach said to maintain his players has been a challenge because of the many sports that are trying to lure them over.

“There is the threat from rugby league, Fijiana XVs and the Skipper Cup competition as well where majority of the girls are being pulled across.

“So, what I am trying to do at the moment is to work with FRU in securing contracts for these girls so they are playing for the team in a much longer period.

“It’s great to have the support from the FRU board.

“Yes, we will try to maintain our consistency and status in the sevens competition.

“The main objective is to prepare well for the tournament in Japan.

“I can say it was a positive result in terms of achieving our objectives during the Sydney 7s as I took over from the previous coach.

“And the response the girls have been encouraging and we are working together to retain our eighth position in the series and also qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

“After the Sydney 7s we finished on 8th position and in the Japan 7s we hope to finish a level up than that.

“I’m really positive in terms of the physical development of the team and I keep reminding the girls the level of intensity expected in sevens circuit is quite high and we just need to push the bar up and that’s across the board for all of them.

“Last week I had released the girls to play for their clubs in the Marist 7s and it was great for them to get game time from the tournament.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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