Shujaa drawn in tough pool for France Sevens

Shujaa drawn in tough pool for France Sevens

This will be new coach Damian McGrath’s first assignment since his appointment, but the English tactician says he will mostly take a backseat to observe the team.

Shujaa in past action

Shujaa have been drawn into a tough Pool B ahead of this weekend’s France Sevens in Toulouse where they will battle with the hosts, Fiji and Wales.

This will be new coach Damian McGrath’s first assignment since his appointment, but the English tactician says he will mostly take a backseat to observe the team.

“I am very much in the hands of the technical bench who have been looking out for the team in interim. I watched training today and I wanted to see players from up close,” said the coach.

He further said; “The thing about trying to enforce your thoughts so close to a game is that it can confuse your players. So we may have to take a hit on these next two weeks. I will go there, I will watch them play and definitely try help and talk about things,”

“But I don’t think you will see a huge change but when we come back we will hit the ground running and we will make a big effort to improve on player style taking us into commonwealth and the World Cup,” the coach further noted.

Shujaa have had an underwhelming season and currently sit 10th in the standings with 37 points and collected a meagre six over the last tour in Singapore and Vancouver.

McGrath says his minimum target in every tournament will be a Cup Quarters berth and believes that with time, the team will continue to deliver.

Shujaa open their campaign in Toulouse against Fiji on Friday at 3:34pm before facing off with hosts France at 11:05pm. They conclude their Pool B action on Saturday 3:12pm against Wales.

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