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Kolinisau Out

  Fiji’s Olympic gold medal winning 7s captain Osea Kolinisau will not be part of the Vodafone Fijian 7s squad for the 2017/2018 World Rugby Sevens Series. This was after
27 Jul 2017 13:30
Kolinisau Out
Osea Kolinisau

 

Fiji’s Olympic gold medal winning 7s captain Osea Kolinisau will not be part of the Vodafone Fijian 7s squad for the 2017/2018 World Rugby Sevens Series.

This was after he signed with Houston Strikers Rugby in the United States.

Houston Strikers is part of the nine teams expected to take part in the inaugural Major League Rugby season, which scheduled to kick-off in 2018.

Vodafone Fijian 7s head Coach Gareth Baber confirmed to SUNsports yesterday, the Namuka-i-Lau native will be missed in the coming series.

“Unfortunately, Osea will not be part of the extended Vodafone Fijian 7s squad this series.

“It is a great opportunity for him and I would like to wish him luck in what he is doing,” Baber said.

The Welshman also wished captain courageous the best for his new journey.

“It is important for the Fijian 7s squad to wish him good luck, he was a good servant and will have a massive career in America,” Baber added.

When approached by this newspaper yesterday Kolinisau refused to make any comments.

“I wish not to make any comments and please leave me alone,” Kolinisau said.

Meanwhile Houston Strikers head coach Justin Fitzpatrick made a special mention to his former Ulster team mate and former Flying Fijians prop Joeli Veitayaki who introduced Kolinisau to him and Ben Ryan for the flow of conversation.

“Osea is a player with a bucket load of individual ability which is well documented for those familiar with the World Sevens Series.

“He also brings a wealth of experience of leading and performing at the highest levels which will add great value to the Strikers.

“As we build out the manner in which we want to play and instilling the culture of our programme, I, therefore couldn’t be more pleased that Osea has chosen to join the Strikers,” Fitzpatrick said.

Former Vodafone Fijian 7s coach Ben Ryan said: “Osea is one of the finest players I’ve ever coached and easily the best captain. He is the most capped and most successful Fijian sevens player of all time.

“He has become an all-time great both in Fiji and in the world of sevens. Hugely talented and with a massive work ethic – he is a brilliant acquisition and will be a fine player on the field and a magnificent role model off it. A finer man you will not meet.”

The 31-year-old made his debut for the Fijian 7s team in 2008.

He led the team on back to back World Sevens Series titles in 2015 and 2016.

Kolinisau also led the Fiji Olympic team that brought home our first Olympic gold medal during last year’s Rio Olympics.

Edited by Anasilini Ratuva

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