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Come What May, Says Fijiana 7s Coach

Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s head coach, Saiasi Fuli, has mapped out a train­ing strategy as they anticipate World Rugby’s announcement on the Oceania 7s qualification process to this year’s Common­wealth Games in Birmingham, England.
13 Feb 2022 11:00
Come What May, Says Fijiana 7s Coach
Fijian Coach Saiyasi Fuli. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s head coach, Saiasi Fuli, has mapped out a train­ing strategy as they anticipate World Rugby’s announcement on the Oceania 7s qualification process to this year’s Common­wealth Games in Birmingham, England.

The qualification round was supposed to be played in Papua New Guinea but was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Speaking to SUNsports on Thursday, Fuli said they are prepared for anything.

“For the Oceania 7s qualifica­tion, World Rugby will inform Fiji Rugby in regards to the qualification critieria and that is why we’re here doing all these preparations,” he said.

“Pre-games and tournament is all part of how we can prepare and be ready for that qualifica­tion date that will be set by Oce­ania Rugby.

“The announcement was sup­posed to be done this week and if not they will they use the current rankings of the World Sevens series. Whatever comes our way we will have to accept the decision and we have to be ready when the dates are giv­en.”

Fuli added that for the Fi­jiana 7s team their objective is play together and build the right combina­tion.

“Also, we need to identify other players that can join the squad,” he said.

“This is a build-up towards the next leg of the World Sev­ens Series in Langford Canada, Toulouse in France and the big ones- Commonwealth Games and the Sevens World Cup in South Africa.”

He said there are 17 players in camp.

“After next week’s Fun Fla­vour Super Sevens Series we will introduce new players that we had identified in Lawaqa, right now we are doing the screening and the admin work.

“We will continue to release them for their clubs and moni­tor how best they can back up their performance.

“There is a big gap but I trust the caliber of our coaches and management on how well we can transit that level into this high performance level. It is a matter of identifying the right players and the key areas that we need to fill in and the posi­tion on how best we can utilise and keep developing these girls until they can be exposed at high level.”

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