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Give Me A Chance: Vici

The former Fijian 7s winger chases Olympic dream.
12 Jun 2020 11:31
Give Me A Chance: Vici
Former Fijian 7s and France-based winger, Josua Vici. Photo: Icon Sport

Former Fijian 7s winger Josua Vici is determined to represent the country at next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

The 26-year-old was the youngest member of Ben Ryan’s coached- national 7s team that won the 2015/16 HSBC World Sevens Series title.

Vici was also part of the Ryan’s 2016 OIympic Games training squad and topped the players fitness tests after months of training at the Sigatoka sand dunes.

“I was dropped from the final Olympics team because I was young and did not have much experience,” Vici recalled.

“I accepted the decision because I did not get much game time as I was the reserve for captain, Osea Kolinisau.”

He made his debut for the national 7s team at the 2016 USA Sevens in Las Vegas. Vici has also played at the Canada, Dubai and South Africa tournaments.

Speaking to SUNsports from Colomiers in France, Vici said he had contacted Fiji Airways Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber to tell him of his availability for the Olympic Games which could be from July 23 to August 8, 2021.

“I’ve also told Baber that I’ll be happy if he gives me a chance to prove myself because I want to be part of his team to the Olympics,” he said.

“To play in the Olympics has been my dream and now it’s up to the team officials. But l’m looking forward to the chance they are going to give me.”

In 2017, Vici secured a contract to play alongside Kolinisau for the Houston Sabercats in the Major League Rugby (MLR) in the United States of America.

He scored seven tries from the nine matches he played.

Vici then signed up with French ProD2 club US Colomiers and scored eight tries before the competition was suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I signed for a year-long contract with Colomiers after I left America. The reason for making the move is because I want to play for the Flying Fijians,” he said.

He highlighted that playing in France would boost his chances as the selectors would recognise his talent and consider him for national duties, especially under newly appointed head coach Vern Cotter.

Edited by Sereana Salalo

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