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Fijian sevens rugby scenarios

Tukai Lagonilakeba, Namaka, Nadi
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Peni Raiyani came to Fiji leaving behind many lucrative offers to coach 7s and 15s rugby from the many international clubs, he wanted to further his coaching bio-data and add colour to it by accepting the offer from FRU to coach our national 7s team at a very minimal price but for passion.

There was something special he could see in our Fijian players that was unique and if he can put it together during his fouryear contract, the Olympics gold medal would be the finale, not every Fijian detected what Ben Ryan saw and it is a credit to his professionalism as he was ridiculed and was criticised to the chopping block in his first two years.

From winning the world 7s series, including Hong Kong, to the golden Olympics medal for the first time it was played in the Olympics, Raiyani became a cult hero, a king and chief after being bestowed a title, he was an iTaukei and belonged to a yavusa, mataqali and tokatoka from his koro in the yasana o Serua together with his allotted iTaukei customary land lot, Fijian baby boys born during and after they won the medal were named after him and there was a baby boom during that period.

At the height of all the celebration he resigned and left, giving way to his fellow countrymen and successor.

We now have Gareth Baber to replace Peni and he has been subjected exactly to the same treatment as his predecessor and very sad indeed, is this the true Fijian nature? But guess what, the Commonwealth Games is very close and Baber is doing his level best to have his best combination put together in less than a year of his contract to try and bring home this elusive Commonwealth 7s rugby gold medal that has evaded Fiji since it was included in the games calendar.

I bet, like any Fijian 7s fan, Gareth is determined and he will surely bring home the spoils to add to the Olympics record.

Prove them wrong Baber.

Who knows, you will be a spoilt Fijian citizen too like Ryan but on record, no past local Fijian 7s coach has ever achieved the unthinkable.

Only in 7s Fijians go nuts and crazy.

Kerekere World Rugby, please grant us to host a world 7s series tournament.

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