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7s at Sixes and Sevens

We all want our Fiji Air­ways Fijians 7s team to do well in 2018. It’s a big year with the World Sev­ens Series, Commonwealth Games and the Rugby Sevens World
03 Feb 2018 11:00
7s at Sixes and Sevens
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s reps Eroni Sau (left,) and Vatemo Ravouvou in Hamilton on February 2, 2018. Photo: Bruce Southwick/ZoomFiji

We all want our Fiji Air­ways Fijians 7s team to do well in 2018.

It’s a big year with the World Sev­ens Series, Commonwealth Games and the Rugby Sevens World Cup up for grabs.

After the 2016 Rio Olympics, all teams have been targeting 2018 as it’s almost an Olympic year with so much at stake.

Definitely long-term planning and wise decisions need to be made.

But when we make decisions in our desperation to win, we put our team in sixes and sevens (confusion or disarray).

It reflected on how we deal with situations when push comes to shove.

A case in point is the selection of Vatemo Ravouvou who flew out on Thursday with Apenisa Cakaubala­vu to replace injured Avete Daveta and Waisea Nacuqu at the Hamil­ton Sevens which starts today.

On what grounds was Ravouvou selected?

We all know he’s an Olympian, a good playmaker and specialist on rugby’s short code.

But he was recently disciplined by the Fiji Rugby Union for breaking the no-alcohol policy at the Cape Town Sevens last month.

Was he the only one eligible to travel to New Zealand at such short notice?

Coach Gareth Baber definitely wants to make amends after the Sydney flop last weekend.

But he needs to make the right call as he’s setting a dangerous prec­edent.

Being the man who makes the final say on the selection of the team, we thought he made the right choice last month when he cracked the whip on Ravouvou and John Stewart for breaking protocol on tour.

But he changed his stance in call­ing in Ravouvou.

We don’t know what the reasoning maybe but Baber needs to be strict when he deals with players.

It will augur well for him and sev­ens rugby in the long run.

We hope, with the help of Ra­vouvou, the team can turn things around after the flop in Sydney last weekend.

We wish them well.

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