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IRB ranks Fiji No.2

Rashneel Kumar
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

THE pressure is not off the Digicel Fiji Sevens team despite being seeded the second best for the Rugby World Cup (RWC) 7s in June in Moscow, Russia.

So says the Fiji 7s selector and Red Rock coach Lote Rasiga who added the nation was expecting nothing less than a win at the world event to be held from June 28 to 30.

International Rugby Board (IRB) confirmed New Zealand as the top seeded team after it accumulated 429 points in the past two IRB 7s series followed by Fiji on 349, South Africa (338), Samoa (324), England (304) and Australia (227).

The six form band one of the RWC 7s and will lead their respective pools.

Defending champions Wales, Argentina, France, Kenya, Scotland and USA are placed in band two while Canada, Portugal, Spain, Russia, Tonga and Zimbabwe form band three. A South American qualifier will join Japan, Hong Kong, Georgia, Tunisia and Philippines in band four.

Rasiga says the national side has what it takes to win its third RWC 7s title after winning in 1997 and 2005.

"It's up to the coaches to select the right players who can achieve the goal at the world cup," he said.

"The current team was really good in Fiji but something happened in between the Uprising 7s and Wellington 7s which the coaches need to come out clear so we can improve on it for the next leg.

"Communication breakdown seems to be the problem and the coaches need to work together with the players to see we have the best build-up for the RWC 7s."

All Blacks 7s star playmaker Tomasi Cama Jr said the RWC 7s was their main focus along with winning the 2012/13 HSBC 7s series. "We haven't won it for many years now so we want to turn that around in 2013. We are using the series as our preparation for that," the 32-year-old Fiji-born player told IRB.com.

"Hopefully we will win the series first and then take that form into the tournament."

Meanwhile, the Fiji women's 7s team, Fijiana, has been placed in band four.

The 2013 RWC 7s pool draws will be done next month.


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