Families welcome 7s heroes home

Fiji Airways Fiji 7s player Eroni Sau with his family at Nadi International Airport yesterday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Fiji Airways Fiji 7s player Eroni Sau with his family at Nadi International Airport yesterday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

HARD work and determination will be the key factors for the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s players as they prepare for the Hong Kong 7s tournament.

Team manager Jone Niurua said the Hong Kong 7s event would be tougher for the team.

He made the comment after the team touched down at Nadi International Airport from the USA 7s in Las Vegas and the Canada 7s in Vancouver.

Niurua said the boys would have a week to prepare locally in their bid to regain the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series title.

Niurua said new players had blended in well and had trusted in each other which could be another crucial weapon for the Hong Kong 7s assault.

“Firstly, we thank the Almighty God for the source of strength and power to the team,” he said.

“The team did well because of the maturity of the players.

“Their belief and trust in each other and the team management really inspired them to win in Vancouver.

“We have another tough journey towards Hong Kong because we have only one week to prepare.

“We need hard work and determination to best prepare us for Hong Kong.”

Meanwhile, coach Gareth Baber didn’t return with the team yesterday.

Niurua said Baber went to Europe for work commitment.

He is believed to be discussing the availability of France-based players such as Leone Nakarawa, Semi Kunatani, Josua Tuisova and Semi Radradra for the Commonwealth Games and the Hong Kong 7s.

“Gareth is in France for some work commitments for the Fiji 7s team and he is expected to be home this weekend,” said Niurua.

The team, meanwhile was greeted by family members, friends and fans at the airport.

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