Nauga challenges Fijian players

NADROGA coach Esala Nauga believes the Vodafone Fiji 7s team to Las Vegas will not be deterred from their goals by the inclusion of 15s players in other teams.

A host of 15s players have made the switch or a return to the abbreviated version of the sport and are to start in the North American leg of the HSBC World Rugby 7s series this weekend and Nauga said the team is capable enough of doing what they set out to do.

“I don’t think they will be intimidated by those renowned players making the switch. I am sure if they follow their game plan and play their cards right they can win,” he said.

He added that previous teams have been able to manage wins and solely with a local based squad who have yet to transition to 15s rugby and the same could be said for the team to Las Vegas.

“They did it in 1997 when they won the Melrose Cup and there’s no reason why we can’t do it again because the beauty here is that we have local grown talent, we did then and we still have them now,” he said.

In the wake of Tropical Cyclone Winston, Nauga said the players would have had a challenge on their hands when they travelled across knowing the state their country is in.

“The Lord gives us challenges to teach us and it comes in the simple forms of wind and water. I have faith that the team will do their best and them competing this weekend will mean so much more,” he said.

The first tournament in the North American leg is scheduled for March 4-6 in Las Vegas.

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