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New 7s approach

Arin Kumar
Monday, December 24, 2012

THE Fiji Rugby Union will adopt a new approach to ensure the national sevens team is thoroughly prepared to take on the best at the 2013 7s Rugby World Cup in Moscow and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

FRU's national coaching director, Franck Boivert has identified a plan according to which a group of extremely competitive and of world cup and Olympic standard players will be identified.

"The only way we can do that is to keep these core players together all the time in order to develop them into great rugby players," Boivert told fijirugby.com.

"That way they will be able to operate as a team and we will have strong players who can attack and defend well and are ready to take on any challenge," he said.

He said the identification of the core team would be done this Thursday at the fitness test for the fourth leg of the IRB World Sevens Series in Wellington.

"At the fitness test we will identify a group of 21 players and the whole reason behind picking a core team of 21 players is because we want to have three players for each position."

"This is to ensure that that if something happens in terms of a serious injury or a player is contracted to an overseas club, than we have another player ready to take up the vacant position."

He added a team will have be in camp regularly to develop a strong and competitive team.

"The nine non-travelling reserves will also be in camp with the final squad because when the team travels for each leg, the non-travelling reserves will remain in camp until the team returns and then they regroup. They will have to keep training and there will also be a medical, technical and fitness follow-up."

For each leg of the IRB World 7s Series, the coach will select the final 12 that will make up the team, but not before consulting with the medical board and the strength and conditioning trainer first.





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