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Fiji Sevens camp

Fiji Sevens camp

The Fijian Rugby Sevens men’s squad has chosen Canford School as its training base for the fortnight leading up to the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham which starts on 28th July.

The team arrived on the evening of Sunday 10th and are spending two weeks in a mix of training sessions with the aim of being at peak performance for the start of the Sevens championships.   The players are making full use of the range of sports pitches across Canford’s 250 acres of grounds plus the extensive gym and fitness suite, sports hall and indoor 25m swimming pool within the school sports centre.  Built into the schedule is also some touch rugby and relaxation at the beach, taking full advantage of the school’s proximity to the south coast, just minutes away from Studland, Poole Harbour and Bournemouth.

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An interview with Head Coach Ben Gollings and more footage of the squad in action will be screened by BBC South Today at 1830 on Thursday 14 July.

Ben, who is a former Canford pupil, is delighted to be back:

“When we were looking for a venue for our pre-Games camp, Canford was a natural choice.   It’s easy to get to from the major international airports, the facilities are first rate and there’s plenty of space for us to get acclimatised and bond together as a squad.  Having the beach on our doorstep is an added bonus – almost a home from home in the current heatwave! 

Our squad has been training hard and we are looking forward to competing in a few weeks’ time in Sevens against some of the best rugby nations across the Commonwealth.   This will be my first Commonwealth Games as Fiji’s new coach and I have high hopes for the teams which look to be in great shape for the start of the tournament.  There’s a lot to live up to, given the Fiji men’s sevens team is one of the most popular and successful in the world, having won the Hong Kong Sevens a record number of times since 1976, the Rugby World Cup Sevens and gold at the Olympics.  I’ve been working hard transferring all the knowledge and skills I learned when captaining the England Sevens side to this superb Fijian squad and thank everyone at Canford for providing us with such a great training venue.”