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ROAD TO RIO: Our 7s Reps Walk The Talk On Alcohol- Kava Ban

The Vodafone Fijian 7s team should be commended for adopting a new and strict lifestyle since Ben Ryan took over as coach on September 20, 2013. And the ‘Island Boys’
27 Dec 2015 14:02
ROAD TO RIO:  Our 7s Reps Walk  The Talk On  Alcohol- Kava Ban

The Vodafone Fijian 7s team should be commended for adopting a new and strict lifestyle since Ben Ryan took over as coach on September 20, 2013.

And the ‘Island Boys’ are leading the way for Team Fiji as they opt not to take alcohol and kava as they prepare for the 2016 Rio Olympics in August.

The team has achieved so much for the country and the achievements have elevated our profile and image to a new level.

Hard work, strict discipline, proper diet and instilling the right attitude in the players are some of the key attributes which turned the team around.

The notable achievements included the;

 First win in Dubai (2013-14) since the World Sevens Series started in 1999;

 First Win Las Vegas (2014-15);

Record win over New Zealand 44-0 in the semifinal in Dubai (2013-14);

 Winning the 2014 -15 World Sevens Series;

 

We could achieve more ‘firsts’ in the New Year with new destinations in Sydney, Vancouver and Paris.

 “We are okay with the no alcohol or grog because we know that we have to make sacrifices,”Vodafone Fijian 7s skipper Osea Kolinisau said.

“If you want something good, like the gold medal, there is always something that you have to give up.

“The boys know how important the World Sevens Series and the Rio Olympics are and you have to forego and sacrifice something that you love in order to achieve your goal.”              

The Telecom Fijiana squad team returns to camp next week.

And they have heeded the call by Women’s Rugby coaching director Chris Cracknell that  they need to lift their game ahead of Sao Paulo, Brazil, tournament in February.

After being unbeaten in three pool games in Dubai early this month, the Ana Maria Roqica –captained side lost in the Cup quarterfinal to France.

Cracknell admitted they needed to be fitter in order to be consistent in the series and the Rio Olympics.

One of the outstanding Fijiana reps Litia Naiqato vowed to be a better player in 2016.

“Teams will be competitive and pressure is on us trying to win a medal. But we need to sacrifice and give our 100 per cent best during preparation,” Naiqato said.

“Personally, my aim is to quit smoking, alcohol and kava so that I can only focus on my rugby.

“I’ve already cut down this year but next year as part of my New Year resolutions I will have to let go of these three things.”

The 7s players are leading the way off-the field. We should expect better results on-the-field in 2016.

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