Fiji Airways Men’s Sevens Coach Gareth Baber is looking forward to kicking off the Fiji 7's 2018/19 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series with a strong performance at the 2018 Oceania Rugby Sevens Championships.
Speaking after the Pools draw in Suva today Baber said "naturally we look at the other seeded teams as the immediate competition for us like New Zealand, Australia and Samoa and this gives you an impression of the level of competition we’ll have here."
Further adding, “We’ve got Papua New Guinea and Solomon’s Islands in with us and so it’s obviously going to be tough – as these teams particularly Papua New Guinea have been playing a tough game and have done well in the competitions in the HSBC World Sevens Series that they’ve been involved in”. Coach Barber said, “I am sure all teams will be of the same mind, because we need that level of competition consistently as possibly to produce what we need,”
Baber with Mr Peter Mazey, Ms Mere Rakoroi and Mr Bruce Cook following the Pools Draw
The Pools Draw today saw Fiji along with Australia, New Zealand and Samoa seeded in Pools A - D with the remaining mens teams drawn at random to complete the pools.
“I am looking forward to seeing how our training has gone and the plan that we have. Last year it worked for us in terms of winning and launching us into the series but we have to go one further this year with a view of winning that series as well - so it’s going to be a great competition with some good level,” Coach Baber said.
“My message to all Fijians is please come out and support us as this is an opportunity for our Fiji sevens ambassadors to play here against some of the world’s best; you’ve got the World Champions, the Commonwealth Champions and us as the Olympics champions – there is no other region that can boast that.
“For the kids to come in for free is a huge initiative – in terms of getting them the opportunity to see the levels these players can play at – and for Fiji it’s a huge asset,” Coach Barber commented.