FORMER Fiji 7s coach Peni Veidreyaki believes the Digicel 7s coaches should be given a free hand in picking the team to participate in the HSBC Sevens World Series tournaments.
Under the guidance of Veidreyaki, the national 7s team won the inaugural Wellington 7s during the International Rugby Board Sevens Series in 2000.
Fiji with the likes of Waisale Serevi, Viliame Satala, Filimone Delasau, Setareki Tawake, Jope Tuikabe, Fero Lasagavibau, Marika Vunibaka and Taniela Qauqau defeated New Zealand 24-14.
New Zealand was laced with stars including Eric Rush, Christian Cullen and Johan Lomu.
Last Friday, Fiji was relegated to the bowls division during the Wellington 7s tournament, the worst ever performance by a Fijian side in the SWS.
Then the Setefano Cakau captained national side lost to Canada 28-19 in the bowl final.
Veidreyaki expressed disappointment with the result.
He said it was heart breaking to see such a highly rated team relegated to the bottom tier competition.
"After watching the pool games, I felt very low because I was the first coach to win the Wellington 7s in the SWS," Veidreyaki said.