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Coach's baptism of fire

Emoni Narawa
Friday, October 05, 2012

National sevens assistant coach Timoci Wainiqolo is ready for his first international outing as a coach when he guides the Digicel Fiji 7s team to defend the Gold Coast title next week.

Wainiqolo has a mammoth task in the first leg of the HSBC IRB Sevens World Series in Australia, with seven new players under his guidance.

The former national rep will have a tough time trying to deal the right cards at the right time.

He has assured the nation that he has a fair idea of his new players. "This is my first outing as a coach and I am looking forward to it. I know it is not going to be easy but I hope to give my best shot," Wainiqolo said.

The man from Bua has an impressive coaching record on the local scene, guiding the Wardens club to several domestic triumphs last season.

Wainiqolo will rely heavily on his Wardens forward and new Fiji 7s skipper, the workaholic Levani Botia to lead the charge while Joji Ragamate and Ilai Tinai will orchestrate the backline alongside the experience of Osea Kolinisau.

"I have faith in my players, they are the best available and I know they can deliver the goods," he added. Fiji takes on Scotland in its first pool match. The side will face Tonga and Australia in the final two matches on day one.

The Gold Coast 7s tournament kicks off on October 13.