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'Take a holistic approach'

Peni Komaisavai
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

FORMER Sevens Rugby World Cup trainer Samuela Yavala said rugby development in Fiji needed to move away from just being competitive and should be taking a more holistic approach.

He said new players in the Fiji Airways 7s team needed to be taken through these processes allowing them to perform consistently on the world stage.

"Everybody is talking about it, Fiji is the team to beat but they can only be at that level if there is consistency in their development and at this point we don't have consistency development," Yavala said.

Yavala said if this took place, then consistent performance by the new players would be achieved at international level.

"After the Rio Olympics most of the players had gone and now we are starting with a new crop of players and these new crop of players have not been refined yet.

"They need to go through the "mill" and there has to be some kind of development system going on. And the kind of system that I see going on in Fiji is more of a competitive development rather than developing the talents."

He said there was nothing wrong with the selection of players but rather in their development.

Yavala said Fiji had an abundance of talents but the issue laid with their development which covered other aspects itself like the psychological and mental aspects of the game.

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