Tough mission

FIJI Airways Fiji 7s team coach Gareth Baber expects the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Paris to be physically challenging than the London 7s.

“London was a physical tournament but we know that we will have much the same in Paris. So this week we are looking after the players, and gaining focus on the task at hand,” Baber said.

Yesterday, the team had a day off with players taking the time to enjoy the sights of Paris.

The Paris 7s will start with the women’s 7s competition.

The Fijiana team had its jersey presentation yesterday with competition to start today.

In the men’s competition, Fiji is currently leading the men’s competition with 167 points from five tournament wins — New Zealand 7s in Hamilton, Canada 7s in Vancouver Canada, Hong Kong 7s, Singapore 7s and the London 7s last weekend.

Fiji needs to win at least a bronze medal to win the title.

Meanwhile, Baber said he would like all members of Rugby World Cup 7s squad to be in camp this month.

“Preparation is going to be vital to our abilities to perform in San Francisco and having the players together for a block of training will provide the basis for this,” Baber said.

The team will have a few days off after Paris 7s before marching into camp. Before San Francisco the side will spend altitude training in Utah.