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Fijiana 7s Wait For Green Light

Time is not on the Fijiana sev­ens side as they anticipate to take part in their first Com­monwealth Games in Birmingham from July 28 to August 8 this year.
09 Feb 2022 14:30
Fijiana 7s Wait For Green Light
John O’Connor.

Time is not on the Fijiana sev­ens side as they anticipate to take part in their first Com­monwealth Games in Birmingham from July 28 to August 8 this year.

Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee and chief executive officer Lorraine Mar said they were yet to receive confirmation from World Rugby about the Fijianas’ qualification.

“The men’s sevens have qualified while the Fijiana side was sup­posed to have taken part in the Oce­ania qualification tournament in Papua New Guinea last November to determine their qualification,” Mar said.

“That tournament was cancelled because of COVID,” she said.

“World rugby and the organising committee have not come back to us to inform us as how they will run the Commonwealth Games Oce­ania women sevens’ qualification.”

 

Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor said like FASANOC they are also on standby for World Rugby’s arrangement.

“World Rugby will make the fi­nal decision on the Oceania wom­en’s rugby sevens qualification,” O’Connor said

“They (WR) will determine when and where it will take place.”

The Oceania women’s sevens tour­ney was first held in 2008 with Aus­tralia winning most times in 2008, 2013, 2016, 2018 and 2019. New Zea­land won in 2012, 2014 and 2017 and Fiji won in 2015. There was no tour­nament from 2009 to 2011.

Mar says if the Fijianas get the green light then that makes sevens rugby the biggest representation in the Team Fiji contingent as they will have 26 players – that is 13 from each team not including the offi­cials.

 

Meanwhile FASANOC is yet to meet with new Fiji 7s men head coach Ben Gollings to discuss the sevens sides’ travel plans.

“The Fiji sevens men’s team have a new head coach, we haven’t met him yet to discuss travel plans,” she said.

“For the Tokyo Olympics last year, they (sevens team) went to Aus­tralia first then joined (us) the Fi­jian contingent later in Tokyo, that might happen I don’t know.

“That is why it is important that we sit and discuss to set the plan right so that travelling and transi­tion is smooth for the trip to Bir­mingham.”

The national men’s sevens won their back to back gold at the Tokyo Olympics while the Fijiana settled for bronze.

Fiji had lost the 2018 Common­wealth Games sevens finals held at the Gold Coast, Australia against New Zealand 0-14.

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