Team resets focus

FIJI Airways Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber has psyched his players to think about rugby and not of the difficulties in their lives as they chase their fourth Hong Kong 7s title in a row.

The team, largely made up of players from the West, left the country last week before Tropical Cyclone Josie struck and caused flooding in the Western Division that claimed five lives.

Baber said they had talked of the flooding in their team meetings in Hong Kong.

“The boys know they can’t be there to help the people in trouble in Fiji.

“We also know people have lost their lives and it’s so tragic because Fiji is a beautiful country.”

Baber said the team agreed that if they could do anything they could this weekend to bring smiles to the young children and their families than they would be doing their job.

“I told the boys that if they think about rugby and not think about the difficulties in their lives then we will be doing our job for them,” Baber said.

In 2016, the national sevens team played at the Las Vegas 7s straight after Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.

Ben Ryan, who was coach then said his players looked like they had just returned from war and were zapped of energy when they walked into camp.

Some of these players had sustained damages to their homes. However, they went on to win the tournament after trailing 0-15 at half time, bringing joy and happiness to the nation.

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