Fiji Time: 3:22 PM on Wednesday 25 May

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Fiji, NZ no longer dominate

Rodney Duthie In Wellington
Sunday, February 09, 2014

RUGBY legend Jonah Lomu, who once graced the Westpac Stadium with his thundering runs, was back at the Wellington 7s tournament — this time as event ambassador.

The 38-year-old Lomu, who has kidney disorder, said the "great game" of sevens had grown over the years with the introduction of the world series in 1999.

He said Fiji and New Zealand no longer dominated the sevens game as lesser known teams were also performing exceptionally well.

"I think it's evenly spread among the nations now. Lesser known teams are punching above their weight and making sure that the bigger teams know that they are there," Lomu said.

"Lesser known teams are no longer being pushed the way they used to. That's the great thing about the series — teams have learnt to play the game and become competitive with the pinnacle being in Rio (Olympics) in 2016.

"The teams have caught up and the gaps that we used to have isn't there any more. That gap is getting smaller and smaller," he said.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62450.6055
JPY 52.949449.9494
GBP 0.32420.3162
EUR 0.42680.4148
NZD 0.71190.6789
AUD 0.66510.6401
USD 0.47760.4606

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 25th May 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Hayne, Ryan miss out
  2. Heroes welcomed by excited crowd
  3. Hayne, Ryan, nowhere in sight
  4. Vodafone Fiji 7s heroes have arrived
  5. Kicking and screaming in the jungle
  6. Heroes back home
  7. FNPF money by deception: woman charged
  8. Welcome home boys
  9. Fiji offers help
  10. Police probe death

Top Stories this Week

  1. A costly 'blunder' Saturday (21 May)
  2. Woman fronts court over FNPF cheques Thursday (19 May)
  3. Son crushed to death, parents seek answers Tuesday (24 May)
  4. Where to after Rio Thursday (19 May)
  5. Ryan gutted Tuesday (24 May)
  6. 7s taboo Friday (20 May)
  7. Hayne's Rio barrier Monday (23 May)
  8. Senior citizen's alleged murder angers police Saturday (21 May)
  9. Ryan eyes Olympics gold Saturday (21 May)
  10. Family, friends bid farewell to navy officer Sunday (22 May)