Transition

Jijilia Belle meets the Fiji Airways Fiji sevens team members at Nadi International Airport yesterday. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

Jijilia Belle meets the Fiji Airways Fiji sevens team members at Nadi International Airport yesterday. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

FIJI Airways Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber is happy with the huge transition made by the new boys who have started to stamp their mark permanently in the team for the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

These new players who were groomed by Baber since taking over the rein from former coach Ben Ryan include Eroni Sau, Josua Vakurinabili, Paula Dranisinukula, Alasio Naduva, Vasikali Mudu, Kalione Nasoko and Mesulame Kunavula.

Baber said these boys had been together for the past seven months and had formed a good unit on and off the field.

He said these players had been working hard to fill in the vacuum left by senior players who had moved on.

“They are boys who have progressed well over the past five months, they are working hard together,” said Baber.

“They’re finding secrets on how they work together on the field and the relationship they have.

“These boys have poured their hearts and souls for representing their country and I have seen some of them grow from young boys into men in the stage of about six to seven months and that comes with hardships.”

Baber said the boys, like all other members of the 7s team, would want to give their best to bring smiles to the faces of all Fijians.

“But we all know the love and support of Fiji is here in the public and that is why we want to make sure to bring the trophy to the public.”

He said the next two weeks would be huge for the boys as they would be out to do their best to deny all odds and win the Commonwealth Games and the Hong Kong 7s titles.

Baber said they would take each tournament as it came with the ultimate aim of doing the country proud.

Fiji 7s team to the Commonwealth Games and Hong Kong: Semi Kunatani, Jasa Veremalua, Josua Vakurinabili, Paula Dranisinukula, Kalione Nasoko, Jerry Tuwai, Vatemo Ravouvou, Amenoni Nasilasila, Sevuloni Mocenacagi, Mesulame Kunavula, Eroni Sau, Alasio Naduva, Samisoni Viriviri, Isake Katonibau, Apenisa Cakaubalavu, Waisea Nacuqu.

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