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‘Iceman’ Backs 7s Bid

Legendary All Blacks flanker Sir Michael Jones has joined the many rugby stars around the globe that supports Fiji Rugby’s 7s bid to host one of the World Sevens Series
19 Feb 2018 14:02
‘Iceman’ Backs 7s Bid
From left; Sir Michael Jones and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the 2017 Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards at the Denarau Convention Centre in Nadi on February 17, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia.

Legendary All Blacks flanker Sir Michael Jones has joined the many rugby stars around the globe that supports Fiji Rugby’s 7s bid to host one of the World Sevens Series tournaments starting in 2020.

The bid had been initiated by the Fiji Rugby Union and has been backed by the likes of sevens maestro Waisale Serevi, retired New Zealand 7s skipper DJ Forbes and successful New Zealand 7s coach Sir Gordon Tietjen.

Sir Michael attended the 2017 Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards at the Denarau Convention Centre in Nadi last Saturday night.

“I honestly believe Fiji should be given that opportunity because Fiji is the premium rugby team in sevens and they should have one of the tournaments here Fiji,” Sir Michael who was dubbed ‘Iceman’ during the height of his rugby career said.

“Fiji is an amazing team and they got great coaches and great personality as well. The sevens team compliments the fifteens and when Fiji gets everything together they are the best in the world.

“When they get their best players and top coaches, when they can sort out all the politics in Pacific rugby and when they are really in the groove, they are one the best teams in the world.”

Sir Michael. who is a Samoan. has rallied for the betterment of the Pacific rugby nations calling for a Pacific Islands team to play in the Super Rugby competition.

He was being the coach of the Punja’s sponsored Pacific Islanders rugby team from their inaugural tour in 2004.

The side had the likes of rugby greats Sitiveni Sivivatu, Seremaia Bai, Sireli Bobo, Lome Fa’atau, Norman Ligairi, Taufa’ao Filise, Brian Lima, Seilala Mapusua, Sione Lauaki and the late Seru Rabeni.

He was named by Rugby World magazine as the third best All Blacks of the 20th century after Colin Meads and Sean Fitzpatrick.

Edited: Leone Cabenatabua

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