9 June, 2018, 9:35 am
ALL Blacks 7s stand-in coach Tomasi Cama Jr believes the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team is on course to win this year’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series title.
The Jerry Tuwai-captained side only needs to finish third in the Paris 7s this weekend to regain the title.
The Kiwis, under the guidance of Cama, lost to Fiji in their London 7s pool game last week and will use this weekend’s pool game to avenge their loss.
Cama said the Fijians were on song after their four consecutive world 7s tournament wins and the onus was on the players to play their cards right to finish the series with a flourish.
He said Fiji would be the team to watch this weekend, especially with the services of talented players in the side.
“Fiji has a great chance to win the series,” said Cama Jr.
“It is a quality team with some special players and they have been consistent.
“With that team, and it shows with the way they been playing, they have a core group of players. They know what’s at stake and I am sure the boys will deliver and it is up to them now.”
He said as part of the New Zealand 7s development program he has been selected as the head coach for the London and Paris 7s tournaments.
“We have three goals this season and one of them is the development of players and management do have an understanding/care about their role and how we can grow the next group of leaders and grow everyone in our group to be able to lead.
“That is why we have two new co-captains and myself as head coach. It is just for this tour then we will swap role again after this weekend.
Cama, who has played more than 60 tournaments at the world 7s series said he expected the Fijians to be tough in their last pool game in Paris.
“We are in the same pool with Fiji again this week and we expect a tough game again.
“Obviously their goal is to win the series, so they will be on the edge again this weekend to perform well and secure the series.
“We have to bring our ‘A’ game and be on point to give us a chance against them.”
The son and namesake of Fijian 7s legend Tomasi Cama, has won the Rugby Sevens World Cup, the Commonwealth Games gold medal and world 7s series title for New Zealand.
He was also named the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series player of 2012.
The New Zealand vs Fiji game will be held on Sunday morning at 5.14am.
Meanwhile, Fiji’s first game against Samoa kicks off at 8.50pm tonight followed by the match against Kenya at 11.24pm.