17th December 03:58 AM
New captain aims to return Fiji 7s to winning ways
By Rusiate Baleilevuka
Friday 01/12/2017
Fiji 7s captain Jerry Tuwai in action

The Dubai 7s Men’s competition will start tonight with the Fiji Airways Men’s 7s team aiming to return to winning ways with their new captain Jerry Tuwai.

This will also be coach Gareth Baber’s first Dubai 7s as he aims to prove himself.

Stakes are high for Fiji to deliver in what has been described as the most competitive World Sevens Series that includes the Commonwealth Games and World Cup 7s next year.

Captain Jerry Tuwai says they have let go of the win in Rio last year and are setting their focus towards the new season.

Tuwai adds that leading the national side is a huge achievement for him and his family.

Coach Gareth Baber says all pools will be tough and they will take one game at a time.

Fiji will take on Russia at 7.06 tonight in their first game, they will then face Wales at 10.06 tonight before facing Australia at 4.06am tomorrow in their last pool match of the Dubai 7s.

Barring any upsets, the Fiji Mens is likely to meet Scotland or France in the quarter-final, they are likely to take on England or Australia in the semifinal, or New Zealand or South Africa in the final.

The Medal quarterfinals will start at 6.30pm tomorrow, the semifinals will be held at 1.19am Sunday while the final will kick off at 4.33am Sunday.

South Africa are the defending champions. Fiji has only won the Dubai 7s title twice which was in 2013 and 2015. We have lost out in the final seven times.

Meanwhile, the Fijiana 7s team has been bundled out of the Cup competition of the Dubai 7s after finishing last in its pool standings.

Fijiana lost all three pool games in the Dubai 7s and will play in the Trophy semi‑final against South Africa at 7.50 tonight.

The Fijiana lost to Ireland 12-20, the lost to Spain 5-19 and they lost to Canada 14-31.

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