THE Fiji Rugby Union is proud of the national teams' performance at the Dubai 7s tournament that was played over the weekend.
The Digicel Fiji 7s team created history after winning the tournament for the first time beating South Africa 29-17 in the final.
The Ben Ryan-coached side also handed New Zealand its biggest defeat in the IRB 7s series after beating the Gordon Tietjens side 44-0 in the semi-final.
The Fijiana also did well in the opening leg of the Women's IRB 7s series in Dubai winning the Bowl competition.
FRU board member and acting chief executive officer Doctor Berlin Kafoa said this was just the beginning of a long journey ahead.
"They defied all odds and surprised the nation and the world of rugby showing them that through hard work, determination and teamwork, nothing is impossible," Dr Kafoa told fru.com.
"The battle to end Fiji's drought in Dubai may have been won but the road to becoming world champions once again will be a long and arduous one."
Dr Kafoa thanked both coaches for their guidance and wished the teams the very best in the upcoming tournaments.
"To Ben Ryan and the team, congratulations once again from your family here at FRU, you have done us and the nation proud and brought back the Fijian flair that has been missing for some years. Good luck in South Africa and the remaining tournaments for the IRB World 7s Series.
"To Timoci Wainiqolo and the team, congratulations for winning the Bowl final in Dubai, you have taken women's rugby in Fiji to another level. Good luck in your remaining tournaments."