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Team ready for battle

Maciu Malo
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

FIJI 7s manager Paula Biu says the side is blessed with outpouring support of the local fans before the side departed the country on Sunday for the Las Vegas tournament in the US.

He said the support would inspire the boys to come out of their comfort zone and to give their outmost best in the rugby battle field.

Biu said the two weeks of training was intense and tough knowing the side had been seeded in a pool of death against New Zealand, Australia and Scotland.

The former national rep said the management had faith in the players that they could deliver the goods after the dust settled at the Sam Boyd Stadium next Monday.

The side was farewelled at a church service in Serua on Sunday before they flew out to the Land of Opportunity.

"We have prepared well and the team is looking forward to Las Vegas and Wellington 7s tournaments," said Biu.

"The management believe in the boys that they can do what we all want from these tournaments and that is to win.

"We know it's hard to achieve our goal but what I have seen from these two weeks the boys have prepared and I know their capabilities."

Biu also requested the fans not to be over confident about Fiji's chances but to pray for the boys as they prepare for the rugby battle.

"I always mentioned in the past for the fans to be patient and as we have tough task ahead but we will try our best to fulfil our goal for the Las Vegas and Wellington tournaments."

He also thanked the people of Namatakula in Nadroga and the surrounding areas for their support during the team's community outreach last week.

The side will face Scotland in their first pool game at 1:06pm before meeting Australia at 4:02pm Saturday.

Fiji's final pool game is against New Zealand on Sunday morning 9:50am