Baber hopes for the best after Kolinisau’s exit

Fiji sevens coach Gareth Baber said the departure of captain Osea Kolinisau presents an opportunity for other players to step up and make their mark in the national team.

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July 27, 2017 3:02 pm

“Captain Magnificient” signed a multi-year contract to play for the Houston Strikers in the inaugural Major League Rugby competition in the United States.

Speaking to Radio New Zealand, Baber said he had been kept in the loop about his skipper’s plans.

“I’d spoken to Osea several times over the last year about where he was looking at for his future and he is at that stage of his career where obviously his value is important to him, in terms of creating a future for his family,” he said.

“So for me it provides an opportunity for blooding new players, developing other leaders within the group and changing the dynamic of the group as well and pushing through for the next three years into Tokyo in 2020 so one door closes and another one opens.”

Gareth Baber said the Fiji squad is in a transition phase after the loss of a handful of senior players over the past 12 months, with Kolinisau joining the likes of Samisoni Viriviri, Viliame Mata and Masivesi Dakuwaqa.

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