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Test of fitness

Manoj Kumar
Thursday, January 17, 2013

FITNESS factor will stand out with the Fiji Barbarians and the Warriors teams at this weekend's Uprising Fiji International Sevens in Lautoka.

Trainer Max Hughes has been taking the teams through tough training sessions with the focus on getting the best out of 21-member Fiji sevens training squad.

The Uprising tourney comes as a trial as the team for the Wellington Sevens will be named from the meet.

"I have the big task of getting these boys fit and ready for the upcoming tournaments," Hughes told irb.com

"All the boys are equally strong and fit. It is my job to build them up on their endurance and mental toughness and make sure that they maintain that level before and during the tournaments.

"They have had a full load of training this week in the gym and out on the field and have adapted well and are getting to know each other well on and off the field."

Fiji coach Alifereti Dere has added three players, Apisai Domolailai, Inia Tukere and Leone Tabuarua in the Fiji Warriors team.

"We intend to work on the player's individual roles, their combinations, set-pieces and the game patterns," Dere said.

"Following this tournament we will select the 16 players from these two teams, that will play for Fiji at the Wellington 7s".

Fiji is third on the 2012/2013 IRB Sevens World Series points table with 44 points, two behind France (46) and 16 behind leaders New Zealand (60).

They will face matches with Portugal, Scotland and Australia in Wellington.