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LA Sevens: Baber Sticks With Winning Combo

We need to play smart rugby and be ahead of our opponents, says head coach
01 Mar 2020 09:04
LA Sevens: Baber Sticks With Winning Combo

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber has retained the winning 12-member squad from the Sydney Sevens tournament.

The Fijians are eyeing to win their second tournament in the 2019/20 HSBC World Sevens Series.

However, forcing his way into the squad is newcomer Suliano Volivoli who has been named as the 13th man. Volivoli will take the field if one of the 12 players is injured by certified by the tournament doctor.

Baber has opted to rest lanky Tabadamu forward Apenisa Cakaubalavu.

“Volivoli has shown all the attributes of the team values,” the Welshman said.

“He has great work ethics and fitness level. All 12 players have good experience and provide a number of threats.

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s Waisea Nacuqu (right) marshals the defence as Napolioni Bolava sets up attack with Aminiasi Tuimaba (11) behind him during training in Los Angeles, USA on February 29, 2020. Photo: FRU Media

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s Waisea Nacuqu (right) marshals the defence as Napolioni Bolava sets up attack with Aminiasi Tuimaba (11) behind him during training in Los Angeles, USA on February 29, 2020.
Photo: FRU Media

SMART APPROACH

“We know the tournament will be tough and therefore we need to be very smart on how we approach our opponents from the very first game.”

Baber said they had some good training sessions where they have worked on a few areas which needed to be polished before the tournament.

The Fijians take on an invitational South Korea 7s team in their first pool match this morning at 6.51am then faces France at 9.47am and battle it out against Argentina at 1.05pm at the Dignity Health Sports Park.

Squad: Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Josua Vakurunabili, Kavekini Tabu, Asaeli Tuivuaka, Livai Ikanikoda, Meli Derenalagi, Vilimoni Botitu, Waisea Nacuqu, Jerry Tuwai, Alasio Naduva, Aminiasi Tuimaba

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