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Show Must Go On, Says Trainer

We have a relatively young national rugby 7s training squad for the Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan, says a senior team official. Fiji Rugby strength and conditioning head coach, Naca
22 Apr 2021 10:47
Show Must Go On, Says Trainer
Fijian 7s forward Kalione Nasoko with ball) during the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s tournament at the ANZ Stadium, Suva. Behind him are Sireli Maqala and Jerry Tuwai while on the ground is Jiuta Wainiqolo. Maqala and Wainiqolo have not played in the World Sevens Series. Photo: Leon Lord. Insert: Fiji Rugby strength and conditioning head coach Naca Cawanibuka.

We have a relatively young national rugby 7s training squad for the Tokyo Olympic Games in Japan, says a senior team official.

Fiji Rugby strength and conditioning head coach, Naca Cawanibuka, said this was if we compared the current squad with the team that won gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

He said players in the 2016 team, altogether had hundreds of international tournaments among them.

“When we compare that to this squad, we’ve a really young side,” Cawanibuka said.

Most players in the current squad have not played in any international 7s tournaments.

For that, Cawanibuka said, they are using all the experience that exits in the group.

“The coaching staff, medical staff and even some of the experienced players who had fought many battles wearing the white jersey,” he said.

Cawanibuka indicated that a lot of hard work had been put in to review our players’ performance.

“It’s attention to detail where we view the players and how they are performing,” he said.

“We are zooming in on almost every single movement they make on the field.

“This is not only at tournaments they play in, but also on every training session we have.

“We track the players, use GPS analysis, how fast they are moving and all of these (data) are recorded.”

He said since there were no international tournaments, they would base their preparations on the forecast of how they want to compete in Tokyo.

Cawanibuka indicated that the players have worked really hard especially when things around the globe were uncertain due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There were no international tournaments from last year. Players had to do their own training because of the lockdown,” he said.

“Then they were given the opportunity to have a taste of fifteens rugby and they played in the Skipper Cup.

“Then came the Super Sevens Series (four tournaments) with the last tournament to be played in May.”

Cawanibuka said behind the scene the players had gone through many obstacles.

“The body can only take so much. We’re not perfect but we have to get on with it,” he said.

“The Fiji 7s team is the people’s team so we are calling on everyone to join us in this journey,” he added.

 

AGM deferred
Meanwhile, Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor has indicated yesterdaythat the annual general meeting set for this Saturday has been deferred.

“We’ll see how the whole situation goes before we’ll announce the new date,” he said.

 

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