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9 to share burden

Arin Kumar
Tuesday, January 01, 2013

NATIONAL sevens team head coach Alifereti Dere has full confidence in the nine new national selectors that were appointed last week.

Renowned coaches and some former national reps make up the selectors that will assist Dere and his assistant Timoci Wainiqolo in the selections process and these nine are Lote Rasiga, Sailosi Naiteqe, Alifereti Doviverata, Manasa Bari, Jope Tuikabe, Aisea Tuilevu, and Kali Kalisito.

Dere and Wainiqolo had a chance to meet up with the selectors at the fitness test after which the selectors will be required to select 21 players for the first camp in preparation for the Wellington 7s and Las Vegas 7s tournaments next month.

He said having selectors made his job as the coach easier so that the burden is shared among his colleagues.

"After this fitness test, we will have a meeting to discuss the selection process and having a good discussion with these men is important to ensure we are on the same page and striving towards the same goals," Dere said.

"So we will discuss the selections process and the ideas and opinions we all have on how to select a formidable side and by the end of this week, they will name 21 players for the camp and after that we will select 16 players and then we will select the final 12 for the Wellington 7s tournament," he said.

"These coaches have qualified to be national selectors and I have full confidence in them to do what is required of them."

The former national sevens captain believes the selectors have a tough task as they have a lot of players to consider from.

"We have a lot of talent here and that is evident from the number of the players that attended the two fitness tests.

"Its not an easy job going through the fitness test and looking at the strengths and weaknesses of a players to select into the team because this is the national team and every aspect of a player is vital to look at or to miss," Dere said.