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Players hit by South African cool weather

Arin Kumar
Friday, December 06, 2013

THE quick switch from hot to cold has left a few players in the Digicel Fiji sevens side with a cough.

The heat in Dubai may not have prevented the side from winning their first-ever title in the United Arab Emirates last week but the cool weather in South Africa might pose a threat as they prepare to participate in the Nelson Mandela Bay 7s tournament this weekend.

Coach Ben Ryan said it was pretty cool in the afternoon but the players were adjusting to the conditions as best they could.

"It's actually a bit cold so wrapping up warm in the afternoons!," he said.

"A few (players) have some coughs and colds but nothing unusual."

The side played Zimbabwe in their warm-up up match on Wednesday.

"Played Zimbabwe — was needed as still in recovery mode yesterday from Dubai.

"Today (last night) is training in the morning and then afternoon off and Friday is the same so unless something unusual happens like an injury then won't be much to report next couple of days.

"All about getting our energy levels back up now."

Meanwhile, the side engaged in community work while in South Africa as part of their team bonding exercise before the tough competition that awaits them in the tournament.

"We were the only side that took part as a team at a signing in a local mall and tag rugby competition for local kids. It's important to do things in the community we visit and enjoyed both experiences as I'm sure the young kids we met did."