Fi­nal push for glory

Govern­ment rally sup­port for 7s team

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The Min­is­ter for Youth and Sports Laise­nia Tuitubou is con­fi­dent the Voda­fone Fi­jian 7s team will de­fend the World Sev­ens Se­ries. The team is cur­rently in Lon­don along with the over­seas­based play­ers pre­par­ing for the up­com­ing Paris 7s this week­end as they played a scrim­mag­ing ses­sion against Eng­land last night. Tuitubou ap­plauded coach Ben Ryan’s in­put in lift­ing the stan­dard of 7s rugby in the coun­try. “What sep­a­rates us from ev­ery­one else is our nat­u­ral skill and flair and Ben has re­ally al­lowed our play­ers to play our style,” Tuitubou said. “I’m con­fi­dent in Ben and the boys. They have worked re­ally hard to get to this point. “Ev­ery­one knows that our ul­ti­mate goal is win­ning gold at the Rio Olympics which is three months away. But de­fend­ing the se­ries will be a ma­jor boost go­ing into the Olympics. “I re­ally sup­port Ben and his plan to win, he has said that we will not de­fend the se­ries ti­tle but at­tack it and that is what they will be do­ing this week­end.”

With the five over­seas-based play­ers Samisoni Viriviri, Leone Nakarawa, Waisea Nay­a­calevu, Semi Ku­natani and Jo­sua Tuisova, Tuitubou said they have a lot of work cut out for them. “Ben has a lot of con­fi­dence in the lo­cal boys and they have trained re­ally hard stick­ing to Ben’s train­ing pro­grammes,” he said.

“In say­ing that, these over­seas­based play­ers have their work cut out for them and they will re­ally need to work hard.” Tuitubou has called on the rugby fans to rally be­hind the team and sup­port them as they play their two last legs in Paris and Lon­don.

Fiji is in Pool B with Pa­cific ri­vals Samoa, Wales and Scot­land.

Voda­fone Fi­jian 7s reps Isake Ka­toni­bau, Amenoni Nasi­lasila and Vatemo Ravou­vou with fans in Lon­don. Photo: Sa­muel and Es­ther Nuku

Voda­fone Fi­jian 7s coach Ben Ryan.

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