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Fijians Will Shine This Weekend In Wellington

There is a real buzz about the Vodafone Fiji 7s team in Wellington. Captain Osea Kolinisau’s bronzed face tells it all. Our team has spent some long hours in the
04 Feb 2015 10:55
Fijians Will Shine This Weekend In Wellington
Vodafone Fiji 7s team captain Osea Kolinisau looks relaxed after a rigorous month of preparation leading to this weekend’s Wellington 7s tournament.

There is a real buzz about the Vodafone Fiji 7s team in Wellington. Captain Osea Kolinisau’s bronzed face tells it all. Our team has spent some long hours in the sun at Pacific Harbour working on their fitness and their drills. An uninterrupted spell of dry weather has really allowed coach Ben Ryan to focus on his game plan for the Wellington 7s tournament this weekend.

Our lack of speed on the flanks in previous tournaments should be a non-issue now with the arrival of Samisoni Viriviri.

The France-based rugger is raring to go this weekend and will not lack in support from Fijian fans at home and in New Zealand.

The expectations on him are huge but he’s up for the challenge.

The Vodafone Fiji 7s team unites Fijians across the political, religious and cultural spectrum. Let’s not forget the bigger picture here.

It’s not just about sports.  It’s about national unity. Osea Kolinisau and the team have been wonderful ambassadors for our nation.

That’s why they deserve all the support they can get.  The Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) are doing the best with the resources they have.  Even coach Ben Ryan is constantly amazed at what Fijian players are able to achieve with the meagre resources they have.

Having said that, it’s a bit unfair for former national representatives, particularly from the pre-professional era, to complain about the lack of attitude in our players.

The reality is that the game of rugby is now professional in many parts of the world. Fijians bring a certain set of skills to the game for which they’d like to be paid accordingly.

Obviously, our Vodafone Fiji 7s team deserve more than just plaudits. They deserve to be compensated, at market rate, for their contributions.

The FRU is well aware of this and we look forward to some sort of resolution in the near future. It would go a long way to dealing with mid-season distractions like key 7s players flying off to Sri Lanka for short-term contracts.

All said, Rugby House has got its act together, so to speak. The internal disputes that plagued the headquarters of rugby are no longer being being played out in public.

There are some obvious differences that need to be sorted out, particularly with some of the major unions and their perception of our top rugby administrators.

However, there is an air of optimism about Rugby House’s plans for the future. Chief executive officer Radrodro Tabualevu and his team need all the support they can get.  So does our Vodafone National 7s team in Wellington this weekend.

Go Fiji Go!

 

 




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