7s hunt

Fly like a Fijian ... Alasio Naduva keeps his eye on the ball as he chases a kick from Amenoni Nasilasila inside the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team 10-metre line after a Kenyan player loses possession during the cup final match at the Canada 7s in Vancouver ye

Fly like a Fijian ... Alasio Naduva keeps his eye on the ball as he chases a kick from Amenoni Nasilasila inside the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team 10-metre line after a Kenyan player loses possession during the cup final match at the Canada 7s in Vancouver. Picture: FT. File

FIJI Airways 7s coach Gareth Baber may recruit overseas-based players for his Commonwealth Games and Rugby World Cup Sevens campaigns.

Baber told this newspaper that he would be travelling to Europe this week where he will meet with potential players.

Overseas-based players who are playing in Europe and were part of Ben Ryan’s Olympics gold medal team include Semi Kunatani, Josua Tuisova, Savenaca Rawaca and 2017 Sportsman of the Year, Leone Nakarawa.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games will be held in Australia next month, two weeks after the Hong Kong 7s while the RWC 7s will be held in San Francisco from July 20-22.

Fiji has a chance of creating history in Hong Kong this year by winning the tournament four years in a row and also clinch the Commonwealth gold medal within the same month.

However, Baber said he was looking at 10 players who potentially may not play in Hong Kong adding that the spots for the two tournaments would be a battle.

“There may be some players who will double up (playing both tournaments),” he added.

“The reality is that I need to keep the momentum going.”

Fiji is the first team in the series to win two tournaments after defeating Kenya 31-12 in the final of the Vancouver 7s yesterday.

“We played some great stuff, at times we played some ordinary stuff as well. During the first half we played ordinary, in the second half we showed what we could do to teams when our confidence is up.

“I am pleased with the progression they (players) are making, it’s not a finished article but we are getting wins and winning finals, which is good.”

However, Baber said the target was to beat series leader South Africa which had 109 points, eight more than Fiji.

“Until we beat South Africa I will be happy

“We need to keep pressure on South Africa and NZ and be on top of that table.”

Meanwhile, Baber said player of the final, Sevuloni Mocenacagi had grown in his position as rover working well with Vatemo Ravouvou and Amenoni Nasilasila.

“He has a physical presence in the field and I am happy with his defence — very seldom will you see him over commit to tackles, he is a hard tackler and that leap just before half time against Kenya and he went on to score the try to level the score just shows how good a player he is,” Baber said.

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