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Fuli’s Ultimatum: No Special Treatment

Interested overseas-based players told to come here and train with Fijiana 7s training squad
08 Feb 2020 14:27
Fuli’s Ultimatum: No Special Treatment
Fiji Airways Fijiana women’s 7s head coach Saiasi Fuli.

Overseas based- women rugby players who want to represent Fiji at the Olympic Games in July must come here to camp and train with the current squad.

That’s the ultimatum from Fiji Airways Fijiana women’s 7s head coach Saiasi Fuli, who also indicated that there would be no special treatment on any player.

“Overseas players will need to prove their worth if they wish to be part of Fiji Airways Fijiana 7s side,” he told SUNsports yesterday.

Fuli confirmed that there have been a lot of interest from Fijian players playing in New Zealand and Australia. Majority of these players, the no-nonsense coach says, are in the New Zealand and Australia’s extended training squad.

“The message is clear to them, you have to come to Fiji to train and get fit, condition wise and mentally too. If these (overseas) players can do the job, then why not, we can always select the best available.”

Fuli indicated that even after captain, Raijeli Daveua and Asinate Savu returned home before the Sydney Sevens, he stood by his decision and did not want to include any of the overseas-based players.

Instead, Pricilla Siata from the training squad, was flown across to join the team.

“Again interested overseas-based players will need to come and train in Fiji to be considered (for the series and the Olympics),” he added.

Fuli said in the case of Daveua and Savu, the feedback from the medical team has been good.

He added that they have identified some players in the previous tournaments and have managed to add four new ones.

Fuli said they would use the Fiji Bitter Nawaka and Marist Sevens tournaments to help fill the team and make use of the squad members by giving them more game time.

“Raijeli Daveua should be back in four weeks, but as for Savu, she had an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in 2016 and missed out on the Olympics.

“We will leave it to our medical team to continue with the rehab and wait for their feedback.

“As for now it is in the hands of our medical team and the players will be back as soon as possible to join the team.

“We’ve the depth as young players have joined and has created that solid foundation on the pathway. Otherwise life goes on and we have to utilise the rest of the squad members.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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