Fiji 7s

Fiji 7s enter training bubble

The Fijian sides are set to feature in the inaugural PacificAus Oceania Sevens tournament later this month, to help boost team preparations ahead of the Tokyo Olympics in July.

Fijiana coach, Saiasi Fuli, said both squads have hit the ground running.

"So far so good. It's very windy and cold here in the Sunshine Coast, but we're okay with the last three days," he said.

Fiji 7s to face NZ, Australia in Olympic warm-up

The Fiji men's team haven't played an international match since the World Series were cancelled 15 months ago, while the Fijiana haven't played since the Sydney Sevens in February last year.

The players have instead been competing in a domestic sevens series to keep match-fit ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

The inaugural PacificAus Oceania Sevens will be held at Queensland Country Bank stadium, from 25 to 27 June, with four men's and four women's teams from Fiji, New Zealand and Australia.

Fiji Rugby will introduce a new Sevens tournament next year to prepare for the 2021 Olympic Games

"The HSBC 7s Series had been an integral part of our preparations for the Olympics as such, we have had to look at other alternatives to give our players the needed preparation before the Olympics," he said.

"Competing against the top players in their respective club teams allows the coaches to see our national players perform against other top sevens players in Fiji thus helping our sevens team prepare well for the Olympics."

The Super 7s Series will kick-off in January and is aimed to replicate an environment similar to the World Rugby Sevens Series.

Fiji sevens relishing local competition while World Series remains up in air

The Fijians finished third on last season's global circuit, which was cut short because of the global pandemic, while the first four tournaments of the 2021 season have already been cancelled.

Fiji's 23-man training squad goes back into camp on Wednesday and coach Gareth Baber said the players were handling a difficult situation as best they could.

Olympic dream still burning bright for Fiji 7s team

The 2016 gold medal winners finished third in last season's World Sevens Series, which was cut short because of the global pandemic.

Head coach Gareth Baber admitted they found it tough to live up to the title winning effort last year.

"It's slightly inherent in Fijian culture and certainly the way that we play the game that you're going to get bouts where you don't quite live up to that quality," he said.

Fiji rugby star fronts court for alleged Covid-19 quarantine breach

Vatemo Ravouvou and two other men were alleged to have left their quarantined rooms to drink kava and alcohol last week.

The trio were granted $US470 bail bonds and three sureties.

The matter was adjourned to 27 October.

Meanwhile, the military said a soldier working at a border quarantine facility had also breached the rules.

Army Commander Rear-Admiral Viliame Naupoto said the officer came into contact with those in the quarantine facility.

Naupoto said the soldier will be "dealt with severely" when he completes his 14-day isolation period.

Fiji 7s coach extends contract until Tokyo Olympics

The Welshman's original four-year deal was scheduled to end in December but, with the 2020 Olympics delayed by 12 months because of Covid-19, the FRU has extended his deal until the end of the global sporting showpiece in August next year, where Fiji will defend their gold medal from four years ago.

While the 2019/20 World Sevens Series was brought to a premature end last week, Gareth Baber intends to keep his players busy with provincial and local sevens competitions.

"We've put some plans in place based around what is happening here domestically in Fiji," he said.

Baber's future with Fiji Sevens team uncertain

Last month Fiji Rugby announced they were cutting costs to manage the financial fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure its long term sustainability.

Baber's four-year contract is due to end in January.

Fiji Sports Commission Chairman Peter Mazey told FBC news that a contract extension is dependent on funding from the government.

Meanwhile, if given the green light, the Fiji Rugby Union has marked 11 July as the proposed date for local rugby competitions to kick-off.

Why the World's best sevens player has knife and fork written on his boots

The Fijian sevens superstar has his eyes set on helping his country win another Olympic Games gold medal in Tokyo this year and when the tournament takes place his boots will feature those two words that are designed to remind him of the sacrifices his parents made to give him a sporting chance.

Tuwai’s father and mother scrimped and saved enough money to buy their son his first pair of rugby boots. As she handed them over Tuwai’s mother told him “ this is your knife and fork .”

Fiji beaten in extra time in US Sevens final

The Fijians, who were looking to secure back to back titles for the first time this season, had led 19-0 and looked to be cruising before the Blitzbokke launched their comeback, scoring two quick fire tries to force the game into extra time before scoring another to scoop the title.

Fiji, who won the previous leg in Sydney four weeks ago, had topped their pool after dispatching South Korea 45-7, France 33-28 and Argentina 28-14 on day one.

Gareth Baber's side then overpowered England 26-5 in the Cup quarter-finals before crushing Australia 43-7 in the semis.