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No 7s bonus

Zanzeer Singh
Thursday, December 12, 2013

THE Fiji Rugby Union is yet to decide on the bonus payment to be paid to the players for winning the Dubai 7s title and the Plate competition at the Nelson Madela Bay 7s in South Africa.

The national players received an overwhelming reception from family members and fans at the Nadi International Airport last night.

However, there wasn't any official welcoming ceremony with Digicel, whose sponsorship with national 7s team expired a few months ago, distributing placards and rugby balls.

Previously, bonus payments were announced upon the arrival of the team.

FRU acting chief executive Doctor Berlin Kafoa briefly met the players at the airport VIP lounge before leaving.

When questioned about the bonus payments for the players, Dr Kafoa said Digicel had given them extra sponsorship for the two tournaments and chairman Filimone Waqabaca would decide on the package given to the boys. He said negotiations with the sponsors were ongoing.

Digicel handed the Fiji team more than $66,000 for winning the Gold Coast 7s in 2012 and more than $15,000 for winning the plate at in the same tournament in October.

Team manager Ropate Kauvesi said the bonus payments were not a concern.

He said the boys played for the pride of the country.

"We have faith in what we are doing. At the end of the day it is not about what goes into the pocket but what we have for our country. The team is all about the people right down from the Lau Group and up to Yasawa and Rotuma," Kauvesi said.

"If we get something we are happy. If we don't then we are still happy. We are doing it for the nation. I would like to thank all the families and the general public for coming out in numbers to greet the team. It was fantastic."

Fiji skipper Osea Kolisinau echoed similar sentiments.

"We are not disappointed," said Kolinisau.