Rugby

Be Better In 2021

The need to be better players in 2021 and for this they need to be physically, mentally and spiritually strong. Only then they will manage the game situations better-Saiasi Fuli
31 Dec 2020 14:13
Be Better In 2021
Mereula Torokoti during training with the Fijiana 7s squad members. Photo: Ronald Kumar

 

Fijians 7s squad members need to look after all aspects of fitness to be better rugby players in the new season, says Saiasi Fuli.

And the Fijian 7s head coach is grateful for the introduction for the Super Sevens Series which will provide players with the much needed game time.

He said physical fitness was crucial for the Fijiana 7s squad members but equally important are mental and spiritual preparations.

“It will be a very tough, long season and it will up to the individual girls how they prepare themselves,”he said.

“The need to be better players in 2021 and for this they need to be physically, mentally and spiritually strong.

“Only then they will manage the game situations better.”

Fuli also applauded Fiji Rugby Union’s plan of the local 7s series to help players have more game time in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics.

“This is a healthy and very good initiative to introduce the 7s series locally, with 16 top men’s teams and six women’s teams,” he said.

Tournaments such as Tabadamu 7s and Fiji Bitter Marist 7s would also be a good platform to showcase their talents.

Fuli indicated that there were some injured players after the 16 rounds of the 2020 Skipper Cup Premiership competition.

“We had a post-Skipper Cup Premiership review of all the players, some are injured and many are injury-free.

“After the review, we started with our camps in the last three weeks.

“So far, so good regarding our preparations as we have been doing one week camp with our daily trainings so far.”

 

Overseas Players

Overseas- based players interested to play at the Olympics should have a Fijian passport.

“We had a quite number of interests from overseas based players.  As required for Olympics participation, they need to have Fiji passports.

“It’s totally different from the World Sevens Series, where you can play if you have links to Fiji,” Fuli said.

Some overseas players are expected to be in the country next month with a New Zealand based player already joining the training squad.

“It is good that the FRU has opened up to overseas players to create competition.

“It’s good for the local girls to keep working hard and fight for their spots in the team,” he said.

“Right now we have that joint training with the Fijiana 15s team, with 14 of our 7s squad in our 15 squad.

“But the good thing is that we will have the Olympics first and then 10 weeks later, we will have the Women’s Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

“The High Performance set up and the agreement from both camps to have a very well planned detail of the individuals.

“We do not want to overload the players, we need to map individual plan for the individual players.

“I know it will be a challenge from players to be in both squads but it’s good and challenge worth taking.

“The Olympics only comes once every four years and this is a testing time for girls.

“Going into the festive season, we do not have the Dubai and Cape Town 7s tournaments which usually happens in December.

“So squad members need to look after themselves and be ready for the new season.”

Since there’s no Coral Coast 7s next year, the first Super Sevens Series’ tournament will be held on January 22-23 at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka.

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