Rugby

Super 7s Series Laid Platform For Tokyo Olympic Gold: Baber

In a zoom interview yesterday, Baber indicated that the Super Sevens series had laid the foundation of the preparation for the Tokyo gold medal as the HSBC series was cancelled due to COVID-19.
10 Nov 2021 15:01
Super 7s Series Laid Platform For Tokyo Olympic Gold: Baber
Seveci Nakailagi (right) training for the Raiwasa sevens team at Ram Lakhan Park, Samabula on November 9, 2021. Raiwasa is currently third on the series table. The final leg will be played at ANZ Stadium on Friday and Saturday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The final leg of the Mobil Super 7s Series this weekend will be a bonus for the sevens team preparing for the Dubai 7s on November 26-27.

These were comments of Tokyo Olympic sevens rugby gold winning coach, Gareth Baber.

In a zoom interview yesterday, Baber indicated that the Super Sevens series had laid the foundation of the preparation for the Tokyo gold medal as the HSBC series was cancelled due to COVID-19.

“It was vitally important in our preparation for the Olympics,” Baber said.

“I’ve spoken of how much gratitude I have for our teams in Fiji which pushed us and enabled our players to compete.

“To have a format which is relevant to World Series, prior to Dubai, the intensity, physicality, and competition level generated at this tournament certainly a preparation block for the team that is going to Dubai.

“I know the rest of the world will particularly be jealous of our ability to do that.

“It’s credit to everybody involved who managed to get in the year 2021 and I look forward to that is something to be in the Fijian rugby calendar for years to come.

“And I hope someday I will come back and watch some of these as well,” he added.

16 men’s team and 12 women’s team will be participating in the two days tournament at ANZ Stadium starting Friday with the finals on Saturday.

Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer O’Connor has confirmed that only fully vaccinated players and officials will be allowed to take part in the two day event.

“Participating teams must adhere to the ‘Terms of Participation’ and the ‘Rules and Regulations, for the tournament to run smoothly,” O’Connor said.

“All must comply to the ‘Safe Return to Training and to Play’ protocols”.

The winner of the men’s and women’s category in the fourth leg will be each presented with the trophy.

The men’s series champions will be awarded the inaugural Super 7s series trophy and $20,000, the second-placed team will get $10,000 with the third-placed team receiving $5000.

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