July 02, 2018
Fiji Airways Men’s 7s Head Coach Gareth Baber today named 16 players that will travel with the team to Utah tomorrow to prepare for the 2018 7s World Cup later this month.
The extended squad will train together in Utah for two weeks to adapt and acclimatize to the conditions in the US and taking four additional players will give Baber the opportunity to select the ultimate combination of speed and power which would give his side the edge over other competing nations.
“With the backing of the FRU, we’re able to take the extended squad and give ourselves the best chance for success,” he said.
“We know our squad can play with speed and intensity, and bringing in the European players allows us to add extra physical strength and power to the group.”
“I’ve seen Semi (Radradra), Semi (Kunatani) and Josua handle the 6 game, 2 day tournaments quite well, and we will see where Leone is at after a huge 35 games of 15s.”
“Power can be difficult to handle and his (Nakarawa) presence around the park will be something different we can add to our game for this tournament.”
“We’ll be using the camp to focus on speed of the game, seeing how the players move around the park in attack and defence and to find the ultimate blend of pace and power” he said.
“We’ve shown this year we have the ability to win games one after the other, which is vital in this no-pool knock out tournament”.
Baber will name his final 12 around July 18- two days before the commencement of the World Cup.
Fiji will open its Rugby World Cup campaign against the winner of Qualifying Match 7, either Japan or Uruguay on Saturday 21st July at 3.53pm (Fiji Time).
Fiji squad- Josua Vakurunabili, Semi Kunatani, Kalione Nasoko, Jasa Veremalua, Paula Dranisinikula, Leone Nakarawa, Apenisa Cakaubalavu, Jerry Tuwai, Waisea Nacuqu, Amenoni Nasilasila, Vatemo Ravouvou, Eroni Sau, Alasio Naduva, Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Josua Tuisova, Semi Radradra.
By Reginald Chandar