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7s contract

Rashneel Kumar
Saturday, July 26, 2014

VODAFONE Fiji 7s players who will be contracted for the 2014/15 HSBC Sevens World Series can earn up to $20,000 per annum in salary.

While announcing the contract details at the Rugby House in Suva yesterday, Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan said they hoped to retain the top players for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Fiji 7s was the only top team in the International Rugby Board 7s circuit which did not have contracted players.

This over the years had resulted in the loss of key players to overseas clubs.

According to Ryan, the contract that will be available for 15 players will be on three tiers.

"The bottom tier will be paid $15,000; the middle tier would be $17,500 and the top tier will get $20, 000," Ryan said.

"To be in the top tier, you got to be the world-class 7s players. To be in the middle tier, you got to be pretty close as well and the third tier would be guys that have established or closed to establishing themselves in the national team but are not yet up to those levels."

Ryan said apart from the salaries, each player would be paid daily allowances during tournaments, $1000 appearance fee per tournament and cash bonus from Vodafone starting from the plate competition win.

He said on a successful season, a player could earn extra "$10,000 to $15,000" apart from his salary.

Ryan said he had selected 15 players who were eligible for the contract adding the opportunity for others outside of the scope was always available.

He said the contract was purely based on the performance as well as the off-field behaviour of the players.

Ryan said the players who would sustain injury during the series would be covered by their medical insurance.

"All players will be on probationary periods and will have to hit the standards on and off the field to maintain discipline as well.

"Everybody that signs are on a probationary period which means any point in that probationary period if they are not reaching the goals that we have set out in their individual contracts, they will be sacked. These are fitness and performance goals.

"I will be reviewing the players on a monthly basis."

Fiji Rugby Union board member Doctor Berlin Kafoa said it was a "cautious approach" but they were excited with this venture.





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