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Friday, May 04, 2012

GLASGOW, Scotland - While the focus for many teams is trying to win the Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens this weekend, for Spain captain Pablo Feijoo the tournament is only the beginning of an exciting new journey for his country.

Spain will join the HSBC Sevens World Series as a core team in 2012/13 after securing one of three places available in the qualifying tournament in Hong Kong in late March and Feijoo knows the hard work now really begins for his team.

"We are here to prepare for next year. Now we are qualified as a core team in the World Series and this is the first step for next year," explained Feijoo, who describes securing core team status as a "present".

"We are also working to prepare for the European Championship which is very important for us and the team is also really focused to get some points here in Glasgow.

"It was really important (for us to become a core team).

"We have been working very hard for the last two years. We wanted to achieve it and we did achieve it in Hong Kong and now I think Spanish rugby has made a new step forward.

"We need to keep working and look forwarding to improve so we can be in the core teams for as many years as we can and also look to qualify for the Olympic Games.

"For me, it (qualification) has been great, a feeling I have never felt before.

"I have been working for about eight years in the Sevens so to achieve this is like a present.

"The next year is a present, but we also know that we have to work very hard to be in the level we are supposed to be."

Core team status will raise the interest levels of rugby in Spain, with Feijoo hoping that greater coverage in newspapers and on TV will help attract youngsters to the game who would traditionally have been drawn to football or basketball.

It will also enable the team to spend more time together, training as a unit and spending more time improving their conditioning which can be difficult while working or studying full-time.

"In the last two years we trained for maybe two months in the whole year and now becoming a core team we can train for more time together, we can spend more time in Madrid training with all the team.

"We also have an emerging team so when the old people leave the first team, new people will come in which is good for us.

"If you just work for the first team or just for a year there is no point.

"You have to work for a few years, this is the beginning of the work and we need to work for as many years as we can.

"The big problem is that most players are working or studying and in their free time they train and go to the gym. Now we need to change our lifestyle and I think we need to work on our bodies a lot more and train together a lot more."





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