PASSION and pride in the Fiji jersey will be the driving force for the national sevens team at the HSBC Sevens World Series tournaments in Las Vegas and Wellington.
Thus says Fiji sevens coach Ben Ryan who believes his players have sacrificed a lot and overcome all sorts of off-field obstacles concerning the Fiji Rugby Union.
Times Sports understands that the players did not receive any bonus from the Dubai and Port Elizabeth tournaments.
Ryan said his troops had a point to prove in Las Vegas and Wellington. He said skipper Osea Kolinisau always emphasised that faith and hard work would produce positive results.
"Oscar (Kolinisau) says faith plus hard work can help the team at the Vegas 7s and that is why the boys will be doing everything they possibly can," Ryan said.
"They have trained very hard, they have made sacrifices over Christmas and they have had a hard time because it's been tough financially for all of them. You know the bonus did not come in Dubai and everything else has driven them on a lot harder."
He said the players regard themselves a little bit underdogs from the FRU's financial resource point of view.
"The boys will want to prove that it's not about money, it's about passion, it's about ability, it's about hard work yeah and that's why I'm pretty excited about this group of guys.
"We have all made our sacrifices. We know about rugby players playing to their potential. If we can get all these players playing 100 per cent and play as hard as they can I think the results will only look after themselves."
The Osea Kolinisau-captained side plays Scotland in its opening pool match before taking on Australia and New Zealand.
The 12-member Fiji 7s team: Benito Masilevu, Donasio Ratubuli, Emosi Mulevoro, Henry Seniloli, Jona Tuitoga, Leo Naikasau, Levani Botia, Pio Tuwai, Osea Kolinisau, Samisoni Viriviri, Samuela Saqiwa, Semi Kunatani
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