Two former Fiji sevens players have predicted that the Gareth Baber coached team can emulate their fine form at the Sydney sevens this weekend.
Police Constable Mitieli Nacagilevu and Private Apisai Domolailai are both part of the Republic of Fiji Military Force personnel earmarked for a one year tour of duty with the Multi National Force and Observers mission in Sinai, Egypt.
“Last week successful result at Hamilton was the outcome of teamwork, team bonding and unity that exist in the team. I believe that if the team brings in that same ingredients this weekend, than we are in for a fruitful weekend,” said PC Nacagilevu.
Private Domolailai said he was positive about the team’s performance this weekend. “Although many of the players a young and new, they have shown their potential in the last two tournaments.”
He added that great players rise to the occasion when it matters the most.
Both former national sevens representative are part of the contingent undergoing their six weeks training at the RFMF Blackrock Peacekeeping School in Votualevu, Nadi.
The draft training which began on Monday has been focusing on basic military skills, weapon training, first aid which includes physical fitness aims to challenge the mental and physical fitness of potential candidate before they are deployed to the mission theater.
“I have always heard about soldiers being deployed to the Middle East for peacekeeping duties but to be part of it is a surreal experience,” said Private Domolailai. He said he had made new friends and is looking forward to his first tour of duty.
When asked how he feel after being part of the national team travelling around the globe and now to be living as a soldier in the ‘tent village’ at Blackrock camp, the humble Olympian said it was a different experience altogether and he’s enjoying every moment of it.
“I’m learning new things as this is totally different from basic recruit however I have some buddies that are helping me out.”
Police Constable Nacagilevu on the other hand said he was grateful to God for his guidance.
He said being part of the military’s pre-deployment training at Blackrock was a dream come true.
“I would like to thank my family for the support and also the Commissioner of Police for this opportunity.
I have always heard about soldiers being trained at Blackrock camp before they are sent to war torn countries but to be part of it is both exciting and challenging.
I know that coming from a police background, I will need to quickly adapt to the military lifestyle and command structure.”
However, he said he was looking forward to their next week jungle training at Nausori highlands.
(Source:Republic of Fiji Military Force)