Looking Forward To Tokyo:  Masikau

Baber said the Oceania 7s had showcased great talents especially with younger players guided by the experienced ones.
30 Jun 2021 15:51
Looking Forward To Tokyo:  Masikau
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s players, from left: Vilimoni Botitu, Aminiasi Tuimaba and Iosefo Masikau after thir final game at the Oceania 7s on June 27, 2021. Photo: Oceania Rugby

To be humble at all times is what Fiji Airways Fijian 7s player Iosefo Masikau learned during the PacificAus Sports Oceania 7s in Townsville over the weekend.

The 22-year-old was one of Coach Gareth Baber’s top players over the three-day tournament.

And he is optimistic of making the cut when Baber names his 12 players for the Olympics next month later this week.

The Waitabu, Taveuni native was selected into the squad after scoring a hat-trick in the 2020 Fiji Bitter Marist 7s.

He is also named in the Team Fiji rugby sevens squad released by the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee on Monday.

“First of all I would like to thank the Almighty God for giving me the strength in order for me to participate at the Oceania 7s,” he said.

“For me it’s my first experience playing international 7s, it feels good.

“We’ve been preparing so well, doing video analysis about games. I’m so happy and looking forward to Tokyo next month.

“There is still a lot of improvement needed, especially on our defence.

“And a good lesson I learned during the tournament is always be humbled.”


Selection Tough: Baber

The Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team will continue to train in Townsville before leaving for the Tokyo Olympics next week.

Baber said the Oceania 7s had showcased great talents especially with younger players guided by the experienced ones.

“Regeneration and recovery this week, they’ve have first taste of international rugby and everything physically that goes with that,” Baber said.

“It’s about sticking to the plan we got, we know we got to recover but also there will be selections made this week, that’s tough.

“It’s tough on everybody involved and obviously you relying on the resilience of the group to deal with that and move on.

“So that’s my immediate focus for the next few days – making sure the care of the group is looked after.”

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