Eyes on four
24 May, 2018, 7:00 am
FIJI Airways Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber will leave no stone unturned in his attempt to include the “Big four” as Fiji chases its fourth HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series title.
He said talks were in progress to include Fijian rugby stars Josua “The Bus” Tuisova, Semi The Trailer” Radradra, Semi “The Beast” Kunatani and “Offl oad King” Leone Nakarawa to boost the team’s campaign at the London and Paris 7s tournaments.
Baber said the inclusion of these rugby stars would add depth, class, strength, pace and experience to the side.
He said he would do his best to recruit these star players and mould a winning combination with the rest of the 7s players in the squad.
“I am looking to talk to them and obviously talk to their clubs since they are contracted to their clubs,” said Baber.
“If there is a potential of them to be in the squad then I will look at how I can mould them with these boys.
“It’s important for us that we finish this leg well and having
new blood in the team can give us the boost.”
Rio Olympics Fiji 7s gold medallist Jasa Veremalua who has forced his way back in the national 7s team after missing out at the Singapore 7s said, the inclusion of the overseasbased players would inspire the local boys to work extra hard.
“We have been told that Kunatani, Tuisova, Radrdra and Nakarawa will join us in London and this will be a huge challenge for the boys.”
“First, we will battle among ourselves for the 13 spots to feature at the London 7s before we battle against other teams to win the tournament,” said Veremalua.
Baber who is slowly building his legacy with the Fiji 7s team would also use the remaining two 7s tournaments to build his Rugby Sevens World Cup combination.
He said his primary role was to win the series.
Baber made three changes from the team that won at Singapore.
With Isake Katonibau, Keponi Paul and Teri Tamani replaced by Veremalua, Samisoni Viriviri and Apenisa Cakaubalavu.
The team has worldclass talents such as Tuisova, Radradra, Nakarawa, Kunatani, Eroni Sau, Jerry Tuwai, Vatemo Ravouvou, Veremalua, Viriviri, Amenini Nasilasila.