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Fijian Rugby Mystical, Almost Not Trainable: Baber

"My role as a coach is to try and harness that and be able to help a player process that and to have a high-performance personality to be able to deliver."
26 Nov 2020 12:09
Fijian Rugby Mystical, Almost Not Trainable: Baber
The Fijian 7s rugby side training at Albert Park. Photo: Ronald Kumar
National Rugby Sevens Coach, Gareth Baber wants Fijian rugby to be mystical.
He made the comment last night during a panel discussion on the topic “The Business of Rugby”  held at that Japan ICT Theatre, University of the South Pacific last night.
He said when it comes to the business of rugby, one of his challenges is trying to harness the unique abilities of Fijian players and their talents for the sport.
“For rugby, the general system of the sport is, all the same, however, here in Fiji it is played differently and I still haven’t worked out how they do it.
“We want it to be mystical and almost not trainable, and people around the world can’t really work out how it is played. My role as a coach is to try and harness that and be able to help a player process that and to have a high-performance personality to be able to deliver.”
Fijian 7s rugby team head coach, Gareth Baber at the panel session.

Fijian 7s rugby team head coach, Gareth Baber at the panel session.

Mr Baber was part of a panel discussion with panelists including USP’s Executive Director and former Permanent for Youth and Sports, Jone Maritino Nemani , Oceania Rugby Women’s Director and World Rugby Council Member, Cathy Wong and Athlete representative on the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) Executive Board and Board Member, World Olympians Association, Carl Probert.


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