Spring King Banuve needs to prove himself says Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber

Spring King Banuve needs to prove himself says Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber

PACIFIC sprint King Banuve Tabakaucoro is just a step away from fulfilling his ultimate rugby goal after two gruelling sessions with the Vodafone Fiji 7s squad at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday.

The Bau Bullet who exchanged his track shoes for rugby boots was named by coach Gareth Baber to join the team has been working hard to secure a spot in the national 7s team.

And after two gruelling training sessions the speed merchant is eager to give his best shot to fulfil his rugby goal of donning the national rugby jumper.

He said he had been doing gym work for the past two months and enjoyed yesterday's training sessions.

Tabakaucoro said more hard work was needed to convince the national 7s team management for a spot in the Fiji 7s team.

He said Fiji had produced world-class wingers that had helped the team become world and Olympics 7s champions and his task was to work hard to reach their standards.

"It's being tough and it's something I need to pick up on," said Tabakaucoro.

"I am really happy with the strength shown at the gyms and I hope the management will be happy with it. Everybody is expecting to see what I can deliver and I have been working hard.

"This is the world and Olympics rugby 7s champions so they deserved an Olympics standard winger and that is something I have been working on."

Coach Baber said the onus was on Tabakaucoro to prove his worth.

"I am fine with Banuve but it's up to him how can he cope," said Baber.

"He needs to prove himself if he is up to the level he needs to be.

"I have to put pressure on him to see the genetic ability he has to come back to the 7s game.

"I know it's a short window time before the start of the HSBC but I have spoken to Banuve and he has aspirations."

Meanwhile, 26 players participated at the afternoon training sessions at Lawaqa Park with Jasa Veremalua, Sevuloni Mocenacagi and Vatemo Ravouvou to join the side this week. Other notable players at training yesterday were Jerry Tuwai, Apisai Domolailai, Kalioni Nasoko, Mesulame Kunavula, Waisea Nacuqu and Paula Dranisinukula.