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Rugby Award Anger

  Many rugby fans are shocked and outraged that our Rio Olympic gold winning Fijian 7s heroes failed to win a World Rugby award. Despite being shortlisted. And the Fiji
15 Nov 2016 11:00
Rugby Award Anger
2016 Rio Olympic gold medallists in Rugby 7s.

 

Many rugby fans are shocked and outraged that our Rio Olympic gold winning Fijian 7s heroes failed to win a World Rugby award. Despite being shortlisted.

And the Fiji Rugby Union will send a strongly-worded letter to World Rugby to express its disgust.

The winners were announced at the World Rugby Awards 2016 in London yesterday.

Fans’ angry reactions went viral on social media yesterday.

Sailosi Naiteqe said: Word Rugby DOES NOT RECOGNICE FIJI, BUT THE ENTIRE WORLD OF SPORTS (OLYMPIC) DOES….

Sukhen Singh said: “Olympic committee happy with Fiji’s gold medal win….World rugby is not….too much politics.”

Darrius Abel Detenamo: “You’ve got to be kidding me? Ben Ryan has done a lot for a team considering the limited resources they have. Hansen will always be a good coach because not only his team is great but what All Blacks stands for and represent. New Zealand, tier 1 nation developed nations with rugby academies and the best available resources that any developing “rugby state” could ask for.”

Peni Bolenaivalu: “World Rugby must be joking. What does scoring de most tries mean to a team, nothing…but it does only when it adds up to winning tournaments. I believe Kolinisau’s back to back series win and a Rio gold medal win mean nothing to World Rugby. What a shame!”

Kali Naceba: “All blacks have been very successful for a long time but to be honest it’s getting very boring, whereas Sevens rugby is very competitive. Any team can win any tournament and the skill level is very very high.. just ask Sonny Bill and Jarryd hayne, two of the high profile names who did try sevens rugby…and they look very ordinary at times. My point is, Fiji sevens team is the current back to back world champions and also Olympic champions…just sayin@world rugby”

A strong statement from FRU chief executive officer, John O’Connor, indicated, that FRU was now in the process of expressing its concerns and disappointment to World Rugby.

The FRU indicated that it respected the achievement of the All Blacks who scooped the Team of the Year Award for the seventh consecutive year.

“However, we strongly believe that the impact of the Fiji 7s team winning back-to-back the World 7s Series title and more importantly winning the gold medal at the Rio Olympic Games had a far greater impact to the game of rugby globally,” stated FRU.

“We believe that our 7s team with the meagre resources available to them have outperformed any other rugby team in 2016. The rugby world expects the All Blacks to do well every time, because they have all resources available to them.

“Lastly the impact Kolinisau has on the game of 7s in the last two seasons far outclass any performance by Sebalo Senatla and we are disappointed he was not awarded the 7s Best Player of the Year.”

Senatla was injured during the Rio Olympic Games and was ruled out in the final day of competition where he was replaced by Francois Hougaard.

Senatla was injured during the Rio Olympic Games and was ruled out in the final day of competition where he was replaced by Francois Hougaard.

Renowned rugby writer Chris Rattue of the New Zealand Herald had stated that the Team of the Year was a simple decision – Fiji.

He had said before the awards function:  “There should be an outcry if Fiji do not win.” he had stated.

That’s what happened yesterday.

He said: “This is the first time a union minnow has claimed a top prize on a world stage beyond the gaze of the rugby community.”

He said Fiji’s Olympic gold medal win had the romance factor, something which had all, but evaporated from world sport.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Feedback: leonec@fijisun.com.fj

 



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