Nauru Chal­lenge ‘Rio Gold Medal­lists’

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The Nauru men’s rugby 7s team are look­ing for­ward to bat­tle against the Voda­fone Fi­jian 7s team who are also the Rio Olympic Games gold medal­list. Nauru 7s coach, Da­gan Kaierua told SUNs­ports last night that is what they want and be­ing pooled to­gether in the 2016 Ocea­nia Rugby 7s Cham­pi­onship, they are look­ing for­ward to the en­counter. “We are look­ing for­ward to our train­ing ses­sion here es­pe­cially on a flat ground,” he said. Kaierua said they have brought 12 play­ers and four of­fi­cials for the cham­pi­onship. “The team have been train­ing for the past three months on the rocky lands in Nauru and this has been a tough chal­lenge for us.

“But it will not hin­der our bat­tle to go up the rank­ing in the sevens tour­na­ment and we are also aware that we are in a tough pool.” He said they re­cently re­turned from Aus­tralia where they played in a sevens tour­na­ment as a build- up to the Ocea­nia cham­pi­onship. “We have sac­ri­ficed a lot to­wards our build-up. “We do face a lot of chal­lenges back at home as we do not have grass, we do not have a field but rocks and all. “Ba­si­cally, we have been play­ing touch rugby in terms of our prepa­ra­tion if we want to have tackle ses­sions we usu­ally go to the sands. “The morale is there as we know that this is our sec­ond year of par­tic­i­pat­ing in sevens rugby and this is only our third year of rugby back at home. So it’s a new sport. “We know that we are fac­ing Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, I think it’s very good for our team and the de­vel­op­ment of the sport in our coun­try.” Kaierua said ba­si­cally they would put on a more phys­i­cal ap­proach be­cause they are shorter as they don’t have tall play­ers.

“On the skills level we are still de­vel­op­ing since it’s very new but we just got to ba­si­cally play rugby league style in this game.” Edited by Osea Bola

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