Win Boosts Olympic Rankings

Fijian 7s players aware of new changes from World Rugby and what they need to do in the next  four tournaments in the series    
26 Feb 2020 09:11
Win Boosts Olympic Rankings
From left: Fiji Airways Fijian 7s playmaker Waisea Nacuqu and utility player Sevuloni Mocenacagi during training at the Power House Gym in Los Angeles on February 24, 2020. Photo: FRU Media


Amendments have been done by World Rugby to determine the rankings of the men’s sevens rugby teams playing in the Tokyo Olympic Games, Japan in July.

Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor said yesterday the amendments were done after the Hong Kong and Singapore tournaments were deferred from April to October due to coronavirus.

“The rankings will be determined by the points scored during the last series (2018/19) and this series (2019/20).

“The Hong Kong and Singapore tournaments will not be included since it is going to be held after the Olympics,” he said.

O’Connor indicated that it is crucial for the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team to do well in the Los Angeles and the Vancouver tournaments.

The Fijians after a disappointing start at the Dubai, Cape Town and Hamilton tournaments found their rhythm early this month to win the Sydney Sevens tournament for the first time.

The Gareth Baber- coached side won the 2018/19 HSBC World Sevens Series.

They are in fifth place in the current series while New Zealand is at the top of the points table and closely followed by South Africa, France and England.

“The players and the officials know about this and what is needed for them to do,” O’Connor added.

The other two important tournaments, he says, are the London Sevens which is on May 23-24 and the Paris Sevens which is from May 30-31.

“I’ve also been briefed the team are settling in well in Los Angeles and had a scrimmaging session today against Australia. The boys know what needs to be done.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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