Fiji finalise World Cup Sevens squad

Oscar Ayodi during a past Sevens tounament
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The Springbok Sevens squad are well aware of the fact that South Africa have not won the Melrose Cup yet, but they believe the effort from the 2018 group at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco this weekend could change that.

The team won the tournament previous year and assistant coach Cory Sweeney says they are "exactly where they need to be".

"The first couple of session had the lungs burning and the legs pumping and it was tough following our long flight from South Africa, but we have some confidence from the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series win". But he will definitely make use of the mental toughness that his players showed in the knockout stages in Paris, which will help them tame this beast of a format. "We're looking for good performances from the players and hopefully we can get some good results", said Simiyu.

United States-based Shingirai Hlanguyo, who is on an athletics scholarship at Carlifonia State University and the Matabeleland Warriors duo of Nelson Madida and Tarisai Mugariri are the only players in the squad yet to feature on the HSBC World Sevens Series Circuit.

There will also be loads of action at the women's World Cup.

"This is going to be more of a psychological test rather than a physical one [at the World Cup]".

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"We must bring our "A" game from the first match to the last".

The Namibian team struggled against more experienced sides, like South Africa, Australia and France and only managed to end the tournament in fourth place, after losing their 3rd spot play-off game against France 19 - 5.

"Fiji lost in the quarterfinals, but we still had to win both the semifinal and the final to win the series". 9 to 24 contest the first round. "They will learn from each other", said Simiyu, Sunday in Nairobi.

The team is reportedly excited to be in the U.S., especially after attending a baseball game played by the San Francisco Giants earlier this week.

"The tournament structure is different, but exciting, and we are eager to get out there and get things started".

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