Baber not intimidated by Fiji’s lack of tournaments

Gareth Baber,  the Fiji 7s head coach has said that he has no worries or fear about his team’s coming performance at the PacificAus sports Oceania Sevens in Townsville, Australia. the hosts and New Zealand have both already faced each other for some much needed action, for Fiji This will be the First.

Baber is coaching the Fijian squad as they defend their Olympic gold medal this July at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Despite the miss match in game time since the pandemic struck, Baber has said that he and the Fiji squads management have made sure that they will not let this affect their players mindset.

He claims that the tournaments in Fiji is one of the toughest tournaments in the world, this gave the Fijian men the chance to play freely and display their on field talents.

Baber has mention as well that they are also focusing on the anxiety that they may face for not having the opportunity to play international rugby in a long time.

“We have put in the mindset that the other teams have not had the opportunity to play in ten tournaments in Fiji like our boys have done,” he said in an interview.

“Our boys are experienced in one of the toughest world leagues of rugby 7s which is Fijian rugby.

“Tough because of the intensity, tough because of the physicality and skill level.

“It is different because in international tournaments, teams play differently but ultimately we have to back ourselves on benefits we have had on living in Fiji and be able to play rugby.”

Baber and the Fijian 7s squad is set to fly to the Tokyo Olympic Games this July, they will be flying straight from Australia to Japan as they make their final preparations.

Fiji won the first ever gold medal for the Olympic rugby event in the summer Rio Olympics in 2016 after they breezed through the finals match against Great Britain. It will be interesting to see which team comes out on top this year, as all teams have had to face the difficulties of the Covid-19 pandemic.