Rugby

Coaching Fiji No Easy Task For Ex-Wales Baber

“It’s a privilege to be here. Weird that it is. Obviously I’m representing Fiji and my thoughts are about you know, beating the team that I grew up loving.
10 Nov 2021 15:37
Coaching Fiji No Easy Task For Ex-Wales Baber
Former Fiji Airways Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber.

Coaching the Vodafone Flying Fijians to face his former team is no easy task, says Gareth Baber.

The former Wales 7s rep and assistant Under-20 coach, said via zoom yesterday that he is privileged to be tasked with this responsibility.

Fiji face Wales at 4:15am at the Principality Stadium on Monday (Fiji time).

“I think it’s pretty obvious my last four and a half, five years of my life being in Fiji and I’ve played against Wales in the sevens and I always found that particularly strange,” Baber said.

“But now to be back in Wales, ultimately going to Principality stadium to play 15s rugby against Wales, you know, you sort of have to stop and just get a degree of perspective on your life moves and how lucky you are and how privileged I am to be coaching Fiji,” he said.

“We’ve got a fantastic group of players here who in strange times are working wonders to represent their people and a staff of coaches and management who again, you know, sort of got together less than two weeks ago and bonded very quickly into quite a strong group.

“It’s a privilege to be here. Weird that it is. Obviously I’m representing Fiji and my thoughts are about you know, beating the team that I grew up loving.

“I love Fiji and that is the one that I’m representing.”

Wales and Fiji were in the same pool for the last two Rugby World Cups as well as for the coming 2023 WC.

“It’s quite difficult; I suppose to read too much into the games that Fiji and Wales have played against each other in recent years.

“You know, there’s a notable winner of Fiji in 2007.

“And obviously, they’ve played each other in successive World Cups since then. Then it’s going to continue in the next World Cup. So it makes it all very interesting.

“I think that the reality is that both teams are at different stages in their development. There’s a group of players here that that are in a unique situation as far as Fiji is concerned.

“I think that looking to form too deeply, at this point in time will be probably jumping the gun in some regards.

“There is going to be an odd situation going on Sunday (Wales time), whatever game of the last few weeks and they’ve got another one against the equation of these two teams against each other.”

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