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7s blackout

Emoni Narawa
Friday, February 08, 2013

FIJI Rugby Union operation manager Vilikesa Rinavuaka says the national sevens team has stopped all media interviews so they could focus on the Las Vegas tournament this weekend.

After a dismal performance in Wellington last week, the team management have agreed to keep the media out of its campaign as they try to relieve some pressure off the players prior to their opening game against England at 12 midday tomorrow.

Times Sport was still waiting for a response from the team management after sending questions via email on Wednesday.

"The team mainly wants to focus on the Las Vegas tournament," he answered when Times Sport asked why there were no media interviews allowed.

He said he was not in a position to update the fans or the players' relatives, on the latest from the team's camp.

Fiji suffered one of its worst ever performance on the International Rugby Board sevens circuit when it was relegated to the bowl competition in Wellington last week.

The Digicel national 7s team later lost to Canada 19-28 in the bowl final.

Former Australian sevens rep Wise Kativerata says the team should focus on its opening game to set the platform for the tournament.

He said winning the opening game would be crucial for the team.

"Right now the team should take one game at a time. Their main focus right now is the opening game against England. They should not worry about the second or third game but they need to win the first game to boost their confidence," he said.

The former Fiji Bati rugby league player said the players should communicate a lot on the field.

"Only one advice to the players, they need to communicate every time, during defence or attack and improve their support play plus other basic things like line-outs, scrums and the rucks.

Fiji plays Scotland in its second game at 3pm before playing Portugal on Sunday.