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7s solution

Emoni Narawa
Tuesday, February 05, 2013

FIJI Rugby Union national coaching director Franck Boivert says the national sevens coaches need to study and research coaching defence.

Following Fiji's 28-19 loss to Canada in the Bowl final at the Wellington 7s, Boivert said defence was not only Fiji's major downfall at the Westpac Stadium.

When Times Sport enquired if Fiji needed a specialised defence coach for the national rugby teams, Boivert said FRU would work with its current staff members.

"I understand Fiji rugby is not in a position right now to hire new personnel, therefore it is for the coaches to study and research coaching defence," he said.

"The coaches will have to implement practice plans and activities that respond to these problems. However, please note that in last tournaments Fiji was at one point having a 100 per cent tackle completion ratio. So we have to consider other factors like maybe the freshness of the players and their motivation level, only a clear-headed analysis can help us," he said.

Boivert said Fiji's defence was not always a concern in previous tournaments. He said the coaches needed to relook at the defence principles.

He revealed they would consider working on one on one defence in the future.

"Fiji's defence was not always bad in past tournaments, but for sure the coaching staff will go over the principles of defence. It seems to me that pressure defence fits Fiji better until we develop players who can win the one on one in defence."

Boivert added while the Rugby World Cup Sevens was around the corner, Fiji needed pressure defence to counter the opposition's attacks.