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Best for last

Rashneel Kumar
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

THE Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) will do all it can to retain players and coaches from this season's IRB HSBC Sevens World Series for the 2012-2013 season.

FRU chief executive officer Manasa Baravilala said Fiji's performance in the final leg of the series in London showed that the players' development was on track.

The Digicel Fiji team bagged its third title with a 38-15 win over Samoa in the cup final in Twickenham early yesterday but it was not enough for the series title, finishing second with 161 points.

New Zealand, which Fiji thrashed 31-7 in the semi-final, went on to win the 2011-2012 title with 167 points while England, crushed 21-14 by Fiji in the quarter-final, finished third.

"We recognise this is an international exposure of the young Fiji players and we encourage them to secure contracts," Baravilala said.

Skipper Setefano Cakau, who was named player of the tournament, said they achieved their goal.

"I know we won the first tournament in this series but to close it off with a win is a big achievement for us," he told irb.com after the win.