Fiji Airways Flying Fijians fitness, endurance and team
bonding was tested when they went through an explosive session at the historic Sand
Dunes in Sigatoka this morning.
For some it was a usual day at the Dunes while in camp but
for many it was their first trip to the iconic training field.
Veteran Lock Leone Nakarawa is one of the players who trained
at the Sand Dunes when he represented the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s in the Olympic
Games in Rio, Brazil, 2016.
He said the players were told about the level of commitment
required while training on the Sand Hills.
“Just like the trainer
said before the session, he doesn’t care what your name is and where you come.
Training at Sand Dunes will test your character. If you can do it here than
any-where in the world you can prosper” Nakarawa said.
Nakarawa also highlighted that training at the Sand Dunes
also strengthens the bond in the team.
“We worked in teams and motivated every-one to complete the
sets. This way we will be stronger as a team and work together when we are
tired or under pressure in the game” he said.
It was first time for 27-year-old hooker Sam Matavesi to train
at the Dunes.
“It was very tough. We had the warm up where we had four
sets, up and down the hill and my legs were done.”
“Its very good as we get to test ourselves after a weeks
training in the ground. You can see after the session every-one was tired but
were together which is good.”
Coach John McKee has been impressed seeing the level of commitments
the players have put in during the first week in camp.
“We had a very good week here in Sigatoka. It was good to
get the boys together and have some solid training runs at Lawaqa Park and
finish off today at the Sand Dunes.”
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians breaks camp today and will gather
again on Sunday in Suva.