First run – Fiji 7s team out of COVID-19 quarantine

Fiji 7s team training at the the Sunshine Coast in Australia in preparation for the PacificAus Sports Oceania Rugby Sevens tournament. Picture: FRU/SUPPLIED.

The Fiji 7s team had its first training run on the Sunshine Coast in Australia earlier this week in preparation for the upcoming PacificAus Sports Oceania Rugby Sevens tournament.

The 18-member squad with team management spent three days in a strict three-day lockdown after arriving in Brisbane last Friday evening.

Fiji 7s head coach Gareth Baber said the boys were in good spirits since they had already spent long periods in quarantine in Fiji where they were able to train in a lockdown bubble.

Baber said the players had done well from when they left Fiji. He said everybody was healthy recording negative results after COVID-19 testing.

“We went into a strict three-day lockdown upon arrival,” he said.

“We were tested again for COVID-19 and it was the second test in about three days in which we are all negative so then we started training this week.

“We have acquired facility through the courtesy of the Queensland Government.

“There is a half pitch to train on, a gymnasium and a meeting room,” the Welshman said.

“So the program is very much similar but we have to adjust because of the size of the rugby pitch.

“It is a good challenge and gets us to think differently as coaches and the players who respect and understand what they had in Fiji to be able to train at the ANZ Stadium.

“Now that we are back at training fully with gym access and to the pitch, we will strategically work around the game aspects as well.”

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