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FRU works on plan

Rashneel Kumar
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

FIJI Rugby Union is hoping to contract the national 7s players this year to ensure consistency in the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Fiji rugby has lost a number of key 7s players who would have been part of coach Ben Ryan's plan for the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.

Joeli Lutumailagi, Waisea Nayacalevu, Metuisela Talebula, Seremaia Burotu, Watisoni Votu, Joji Ragamate, Ilai Tinai and Nikola Matawalu who featured strongly for Fiji in the past couple of series are now plying their trade overseas.

Fiji 7s speedster Samisoni Viriviri is the latest star to leave the national side at the end of the 2013/14 season.

He will be joining French Top 14 side Montpellier.

"We definitely need to contract (players). We are one of the few nations now in world 7s series that aren't contracting their players," Coach Ryan said.

"He (Viriviri) is a big blow but he is not contracted so it makes a massive difference to his life financially. I wish him all the best."

Fiji Rugby Union acting chief executive officer Doctor Berlin Kafoa said they were working on securing funds to contract the players.

"When we get the sponsorship then we will look into contracting players. We are trying to retain and contract our players," Dr Kafoa said.





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