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EDITORIAL:Six Years On, Our Fijiana Hardly Improving On Sevens Circuit

The performance of the Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s team at the Sydney 7s should serve as a timely reminder for our national rugby teams. They simply need to learn and
28 Jan 2018 10:18
EDITORIAL:Six Years On, Our Fijiana Hardly Improving On Sevens Circuit
Action from the Sydney Sevens 2018. Fiji lewa's. Shot by Kitione Rokomanu of Zoomfiji.

The performance of the Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s team at the Sydney 7s should serve as a timely reminder for our national rugby teams.

They simply need to learn and keep up with the pace if they are to be competitive in the world of sports. They are not a new team on the circuit; they have been around for a while. They have been consistently part of the core teams since the Women’s Seven Series started in 2012. They competed at the Rugby Sevens World Cup in 2013 in Moscow and at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Thus, they are one of the experienced teams on the circuit.

But in terms of results, they have been performing well below par over the past six years. They have yet to beat Australia and New Zealand throughout; the best they have achieved was coming fourth last year. And their performance in the last two tournaments was indicative of how low they have slumped.

After coming out winless in Dubai last month, the team continued their substandard performance in Sydney. Losing all their pool games on Friday. The team managed to beat Japan 19-10 in the Challenge Trophy semifinal, but they were later hammered 29-10 in the final by England.

Winning one game in two tournaments clearly reflected that the team is struggling to make progress. It is either the team is refusing to learn and keep up with the pace or have no fear in failing again and again.

It’s not that other teams are progressing and better than us, but simply, we played poorly and deserved to lose. The Russian women made a mark reaching the Cup semifinal for the first time yesterday. We used to beat them in the past, but now they know how to beat us because we allow them to.

With the Commonwealth Games in April and the Rugby Sevens World Cup in July, more work needs to be done if the Fijiana are to make any impact.

The Fiji Rugby Union should take action in making our women become competitive on the circuit instead of just making up the numbers as they seem to currently enjoy.

The Government, through the Fijian National Sports Commission, continues to play a leading role in funding our teams on tour.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama opened the renovated FMF Gymnasium in Suva to enable athletes to train in good facilities.

We need to put all effort to good use when we are representing our proud sporting nation abroad.

Six years on, our Fijiana women have hardly made an impact on the 7s circuit.

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