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Dubai jinx

Josefa Makaba
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

NATIONAL Sevens Coach Alifereti Dere has mapped out his plans on how to lead Fiji to its first victory in Dubai after 13 years.

The former national sevens skipper said while they knew it would be tough they had a plan in place to bring back glory from Dubai.

Fiji's last win in Dubai was in 1998.

A confident Dere said they had in the current team the calibre of players needed to win a tournament in the IRB Series.

"We have selected the best and we believe these boys will go and do the job wanted from them in Dubai and South Africa," Dere said.

"These players have proven themselves and we need to give them the opportunity to show their talents in the IRB Series."

"We have identified areas that we need to work on and we will be working on it in the days leading up to the tournament," Dere said.

The 12-member Digicel sevens team moved to Nadi on Sunday and had a training session at Prince Charles Park yesterday afternoon.

Dere earlier said they would need to play some games before they left the country.

Fiji Rugby Union's Priya Cook, who is with the team in Nadi, said they had arranged for a scrimmage session today.

The Setefano Cakau-captained Fiji team flies out of the country tomorrow bound for Dubai.

Cook also said Flying Fijians logistics manager Semi Rogoyawa would join the Fiji sevens team in Dubai.

Rogoyawa is currently with the Flying Fijians for the Europe tour which will play its final match against Georgia on Saturday. Fiji is in Pool A in Dubai along with Spain, Scotland and Kenya.

Pool B has New Zealand, Wales, Argentina and Russia.

Pool C has England, South Africa, Samoa and Portugal.

Australia leads Pool D along with France, Canada and USA.

Fiji leads the IRB Series points standings with 22 points ahead of New Zealand on 19, South Africa 17, Kenya 15 and Argentina 13.





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