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Baber: No Pressure On Kavekini

The 25-year-old was named in the 12-member squad yesterday and is likely to make his debut against Japan or Argentina today.
06 Dec 2019 13:32
Baber: No Pressure On Kavekini
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s players with fans in Dubai on December 4, 2019. Photo: Gabby Abariga

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber does not want to put pressure on Kavekini Tabu during the Dubai 7s.

The 25-year-old was named in the 12-member squad yesterday and is likely to make his debut against Japan or Argentina today.

Baber added they are going in with the intention of winning every game, every battle and contest on the field.

“This is the first time he (Kavekini) has ever played for Fiji and there is a huge learning that goes on for players when they put on the white jersey,” Baber said.

“What I want to see from him is to push him into the position to move himself on as an individual.

“Why would I over complicate it for him?

“The task at hand here is to get a player who has shown great skills in training and in competitions domestically here in Fiji and move him up.

“To elevate him to a point this season and hopefully he is going to be able to fly on his own and show everybody the potential that he has and what we have witnessed in our training.”

Nagasau, Tinai make cut

Meanwhile, Rusila Nagasau and Lavenia Tinai are among the 12 players named by Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s coach Saiasi Fuli.

The duo were part of the team that helped Fijiana qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and a first-ever Rugby World Cup in 15s in 2021.

Their journey has taken them from Suva for the Oceania regional Olympic qualifier, onto Lautoka for the Oceania Rugby Women’s Championship and now to Dubai for the second round of the Women Sevens Series which started today.

Fijiana: 1. Fugavai Bulivou 2 Rusila Nagasau 3 Roela Radiniyavuni 4 Viniana Riwai, 5 Asinate Savu 6 Lavenia Tinai, 7 Luisa Tisolo 8 Raijieli Daveua, 9 Ana Maria Naimasi 10. Mereula Toroti, 11 Tokasa Seniyasi, 12 Mereseini Levure.

Edited by Osea Bola

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