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‘Be Proud Of Our Boys’

Winston Thompson is proud of the achievement of the Vodafone Fiji 7s team so far in the HSBC Sevens World Series. In third spot behind South Africa and New Zealand,
13 Feb 2015 08:46
‘Be Proud Of Our Boys’
Fiji’s Ambassador to the United States of America Winston Thompson (left), presents a gift to Vodafone Fiji 7s rep Emosi Mulevoro . Photo: Bruce Southwick-Zoomfiji

Winston Thompson is proud of the achievement of the Vodafone Fiji 7s team so far in the HSBC Sevens World Series.

In third spot behind South Africa and New Zealand, the Fiji Ambassador to the United States of America said all Fijians should be proud of their team considering the limited resources Fiji Rugby Union had.

“As a Fijian I’m very proud that our team with very little resources can still compete with the best on the world stage,” Thompson said.

“They compete with countries that provide millions of dollars into the preparation of their teams.

Thompson accompanied the team to Wolff Elementary School in Las Vegas on Wednesday where the players displayed few rugby skills, followed by the tradional war dance cibi and sang the hymn Oqo Na Noqu Masu (This is my Prayer) to students and teachers in the school.

“The boys got the students approximately 400 of them jumping up and down getting very enthusiastic to meet the players.”

Ioane could be NZ’s ace

Las Vegas: Forget about Sonny Bill Williams, Liam Messam or Ben Smith, New Zealand may have already unveiled their trump card for next year’s Olympic Sevens – and he’s just 17.

Rieko Ioane lit up the Wellington leg of the HSBC World Sevens Series last weekend, scoring six tries as the hosts claimed the tournament for an eighth time with a 27-21 win over England in the final.

The 17-year-old flyer showed off an array of attacking talents, mixing fast feet with raw speed and power to signal his arrival on the world 7s stage.

“It’s all happened so fast, it’s been a surreal experience just running out there in the black jersey representing my country will be something I won’t forget,” Ioane told allblacks.com.

“I didn’t focus too much; I just tried to do my bit to help the team and, just stuck to what I knew.”

One thing the 17-year-old won’t have to worry about this week during the USA 7s will be the issue of his eligibility, having already secured the necessary paperwork from his parents ahead of the Wellington debut.

“Mum and Dad had to sign an okay but she was pretty happy to do it,” Ioane said when asked whether he needed a permission slip last week.

“I was definitely nervous but I was lucky enough to get a few balls bouncing my way and just a few off-loads coming from the boys; it was good.” AFP

Tietjens eyes Rio Olympics

New Zealand 7s coach Sir Gordon Tietjens said his main concern this season was qualifying for the 2016 Olympics to be held in Brazil.

The Kiwis last weekend won their home tournament in Wellington, and head to the USA 7s this weekend as one of the top bets.

Tietjens said the main aim for the side was to be in the top four at the completion of the World Series this season.

“We want to qualify and that is the first and foremost on our minds; We have got to qualify and to be in the top four to go to the Olympics,” he told FBC Sports.

“That’s our dream and we can win the World Series, and if we can get there or thereabouts, in the tournament, the points will take care of themselves. But it’s about qualifying for the Olympics.”

Fiji plays Samoa in its opening match at 1.06pm on Saturday, before meeting Wales at 4.02pm.

The last pool match is against New Zealand at 9.05am on Sunday, followed by the quarterfinals.

The semifinals and the final will be played on Monday.

You can watch the Las Vegas 7s on FBC TV and Fiji One.

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