22nd August 06:28 AM
Baber speaks highly of his players and has faith they will deliver for Fiji
By Save Waqa
Friday 20/07/2018
Fiji Airways Men’s National 7s team

Fiji Airways Men’s National 7s team Coach Gareth Baber has spoken highly of the players and has faith that his chosen 12 will complete the task at hand ahead of the Rugby World Cup 7s that starts tomorrow.

Speaking to Fijivillage, Baber says that he has been working individually with players on improving their game.

As the team patiently awaits the winner between Japan and Uruguay, the Fiji 7s coach has already assessed both teams as part of his final preparations.

Baber says that Japan are notorious for their tempo and pace around the field and has had more game time within the series than Uruguay.

He adds that from what he has seen in Chile, Uruguay will be physical in the middle of the park and they will have some big bodies to deal with.

Baber says that he has spoken to Leone Nakarawa on what they would want him to do within the game.

Meanwhile, the Fiji 7s team took time off training yesterday to visit young patients at the Oakland Memorial Children’s Hospital.

Looking at other teams gearing for the World Cup.

South Africa are chasing their first World Cup title despite losing star players Seabelo Senatla, Cecil Afrika and Kyle Brown to injury.

The BlitzBoks are seeded in first place after a successful season which saw them defend their World Sevens Series title with a win in Paris last month.

New Zealand will be out to defend their title aiming to be the first team to win back to back.

New Zealand only has two survivors from their win in Moscow five years ago, in Tim Mikkelson and Kurt Baker.

Tom Mitchell will captain England in what will be his second Rugby World Cup Sevens with fellow team mates Mike Ellery, Dan Norton and England Sevens’ most capped player James Rodwell.

The English squad includes 10 bronze medallists from the recent Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and six players who represented Team Great Britain at the Rio 2016 Olympics where they secured silver.

Fiji will play their first knockout game against the winner of the Japan and Uruguay match at 3.53pm tomorrow.

Barring any upsets, they will either meet Argentina or Canada in the Cup quarterfinals.

The Cup quarters start at 10.32am Sunday.

Fiji will either meet Australia or New Zealand in the Cup semifinals.

The Cup semis start at 7.40am Monday and Fiji will either meet South Africa, England or USA in the Final at 12.49pm Monday.

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