Coach: Players need a break

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Fiji 7s coach Ben Gollings at the Nadi International Airport. Picture: REINAL CHAND/FILE

The players need a break.

This was emphasised by national sevens head coach Ben Gollings.

The 7s side arrived in the country on Wednesday night following the conclusion of the 2022/23 World Rugby Series.

“I think it is one of the toughest series to date with a number of teams trying to qualify for the Paris Olympics next year,” he said.

Gollings said the team had learnt a lot throughout the season.

“I am proud of the boys and the good thing is that we finished strong. I know we were good enough to win the final against Argentina in London, but six against seven for most part of the game is always going to be tough.

“There is a lot we can take away and build on.”

He said the key was the players needed time-off.

“If we don’t have a break now, we would be going all the way to the Olympics and it is really important that we switch off after a very busy season.”

He said following their break, the players would then regroup to play in the New York City (NYC) Sevens.

“After the NYC Sevens, we will be more localised, with the French 7s team coming over later in the year and then build towards the World Series.”

Gollings highlighted that the side would also have to prepare for the Pacific Games and Oceania Sevens towards the end of the year.

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