Coach Dagan Kaierua knows the two games will not be easy.
“Unfortunately we are in a very tight, tough pool for this Oceania which is also challenging and exciting for the boys to be in the pool with New Zealand. We have been joking with ourselves that Cook Islands it will be called Cook Islands but basically its New Zealand territory because most of the players are based in New Zealand,” Kaierua told Loop Nauru.
“For us knowing the two teams are very experienced, we will try to really get possession of the ball so that we do not give them possession of the ball so that we can do more running games on our strengths.”
This is the third year that Nauru is participating in the Oceania.
For Kaierua and the young side, it is all about improving on last year’s games.
“We have just managed to pull four boys from last year’s tournament and with the new guys in, terms of spirit we are there.”
Nauru meets Cook Islands in its opening game tomorrow at 1.20pm (Fiji time) followed by the second game against New Zealand at 4.20pm (Fiji Time).
Kaieura is calling all families and friends of the Nauruan in Suva to come and support the boys at the ANZ Stadium.
Photo Loop Nauru.Caption: Nauru 7s team being briefed at ANZ Stadium in Suva