Fiji coach Alifereti Dere looking for his side to be injury free for Rugby World Cup Sevens

Fiji coach Alifereti Dere looking for his side to be injury free for Rugby World Cup Sevens

NATIONAL sevens head coach Alivereti Dere wants to take an injury-free team to the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow. With niggling injuries to Timoci Matanavou, Ilai Tinai and Alipate Raitini, the team management is confident, players will recover in time. Team manager Semi Rogoyawa said Matanavou and Tinai sustained niggling injuries during the two-day Marist tournament last weekend. He said they would conduct a fitness test next week to asses the condition of all players.

NATIONAL sevens head coach Alivereti Dere wants to take an injury-free team to the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow.

With niggling injuries to Timoci Matanavou, Ilai Tinai and Alipate Raitini, the team management is confident, players will recover in time.

Team manager Semi Rogoyawa said Matanavou and Tinai sustained niggling injuries during the two-day Marist tournament last weekend.

He said they would conduct a fitness test next week to asses the condition of all players.

"Right now there is no injury concern for the team.

"Only Matanavou and Tinai have niggling injuries from the Marist 7s," he said.

"But they will recover well. The other players are injury-free and the coach (Dere) wants to take an injury-free team to the world cup.

"We will have a fitness test next week because we just want to be sure that no one is injured and will be in top condition for the world cup," Rogoyawa said.

Yesterday, the team had their first training session at the army barracks which finished late last night.

"This training is mostly to get the players know each other well.

"We are a family here and these military exercises will help in team bonding and understanding to get them close to one another," Rogoyawa said.

He urged the public to rally behind Dere and the boys. Dere will later trim his team to 16 players before announcing his final 12 to Moscow.

The RWC 7s kicks off on June 28. Fiji is drawn in Pool E with Wales, Tonga and Uruguay.