Development Is Priority, Says 7s Coach

The development of players in the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s squad is a top priority for head coach Ben Gollings.
17 Apr 2022 12:37
Development Is Priority, Says 7s Coach
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s reps (from left-right) Jerry Tuwai, Filipo Bukayaro, Tevita Daugunu (captain), Elia Canakaivata, Viawa Naduvalo, Ioane Teba during training in Vancouver, Canada, on April 13, 2022. Photo: World Rugby

The development of players in the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s squad is a top priority for head coach Ben Gollings.

That is why he is more focused on the player’s performance in the Singapore and Vancouver tourna­ments of the HSBC World Sevens Series.

Gollings said so far he was im­pressed with the development of the new players seeing how they have familiarized themselves into the World Sevens Series arena.

“We set ourselves some targets as a team, we worked really hard over the last seven weeks, they put in a lot of effort,” the former England 7s captain said.

“We worked together as a group as we focused on team building and development aspect.

“I think that really put us in a po­sition to enjoy our rugby both on and off the field,” he added.

Gollings acknowledged the cama­raderie in the team after seeing the level of support from the expe­rienced players in honing up the new players and the young pros­pects in the team.

“It’s fantastic that we got the win (in Singapore) and that’s credit to the players and the way in which they performed.

“Also, in the way in which the ex­perienced players drive the shift and support the inexperienced players,” said Gollings.

Most of the new players im­pressed the head coach and his management as they showed their energy and excitement for the game together with their ability to play the game.

“With all these added together it’s quite a weapon,” said Gollings.

He indicated the team handled the pressure with ease after they continued to stick to their focus, which was to perform on the field and to be consistent.

“There are always expectations and pressures whenever there’s a tournament, last weekend we han­dled this very well as a squad.

“This weekend looking at Van­couver and playing in a busy and intense atmosphere, there will be pressure as the team will have the urge to go out and back up that per­formance.”

Gollings emphasized that all teams have the ability to be con­sistent.

“We will focus on our own perfor­mance and its consistency not on the pressure,” he said.

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