As the focus shifts to sevens rugby, the Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s squad is gearing up for the upcoming HSBC SVNS 2024 season set to commence next month.
Head Coach Saiasi Fuli is thoroughly preparing a 16-member squad, with 13 players set to be selected for the starting legs in Dubai and Cape Town.
Fuli said, “We cannot wait to hit the road for the Dubai and Cape Town 7s, following our successful qualification for the Olympic Games.”
The team has been in camp since October, which included the recruitment and training of new talents for the broader squad.
Fuli said the players are very fit and physically ready for the new season as they have been making sure no stone is left unturned during pre-season.
With half of the extended squad representing Fiji at the Pacific Games in the Solomon Islands, another group has undergone a week-long training in Suva.
Fuli highlighted the advantage of having two teams.
“Having two teams is good for us because it shows the depth that we have compared to the past two seasons. Now we have a wider pool to pick players from and will be able to rotate as well.”
The Emirates Dubai 7s is scheduled to return on December 2-3, featuring 12 men’s and women’s rugby teams.
The Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s team finds itself in Pool A alongside New Zealand, Great Britain, and South Africa.
Their first match is against Great Britain on Saturday, December 2, at 5:44 pm, followed by clashes against South Africa at 8:43 pm and New Zealand on Sunday, December 3, at 1:35 am.