Man on a mission

Gareth Baber with Kalione Nasoko at Vuaki , Yasawa. Picture: MACIU MALO

TALENT alone is not enough, says Fiji Airways 7s coach Gareth Baber as he continues his tour around the country scouting for players to join the national 7s team.

Baber was at the Vuaki 7s in Yasawa over the weekend and will be in Kadavu this weekend in his quest to identify raw talents.

The former Wales 7s rep says Fiji is blessed with the abundance of 7s talents but these talents need hard work to produce a complete player.

Baber said he would test a few of the new finds he identified earlier this season in the national 7s team in Kadavu.

He said there was a need to recruit new players and develop 0 them to cover for injuries and those securing overseas contracts.

“Talent alone is not enough and it’s about your ability to recognise you are in the team and your abilities to work hard to drive the team that is what we expect from the players,” said Baber.

“I will go to Kadavu next week (this weekend) to see three or more players make their debut in the group.

“I want to see the Fiji team playing in Kadavu but again I want to test them under pressure and see their character and attitude and to work on their discipline.”

Baber said he would feature four new boys at this weekend’s tournament in Kadavu and to analyse their performance.

Some of the national reps likely to miss out in this weekend’s Kadavu tournament are Jasa Veremalua, Amenoni Nasilasila, Vatemo Ravouvou and Sevuloni Mocenacagi.

Veremalua is working on his new American club rugby contract while Nasilasila, Mocenacagi and Ravouvou are injured and need time to recover before the commencement of the HSBC World Sevens Series.

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