28 March, 2018, 12:00 am
FIJI Airways Fiji 7s captain Jerry Tuwai has made a plea for fans to stop their unfair criticism on some of the players.
He said it could have an impact on the team’s performances in tournaments.
The Gareth Baber-coached side copped a lot of criticism from fans in past tournaments when the Fiji team did not meet the fans’ expectation.
Tuwai, 28, said whatever words came out of people’s mouths could be harmful to the performance of the team.
“Criticism is not something new as it is an old habit of fans,” he said.
“Whenever the team loses they take us down,” Tuwai said.
“However, it has to be stopped because at the end of the day we are the Fiji 7s team and we have families too.
“Sometimes what the fans say can destroy the morale of the players and it can cost us a lot.
“I urge the fans to pray and support the team.”
Tuwai has won two HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series titles and an Olympic Games gold medal under former coach Ben Ryan.
He said he was fortunate to be selected for the Commonwealth Games.
“It is very exciting for me to play in the Commonwealth Games and I am working hard towards the tournament,” he said.
“I won an Olympic Games gold medal in 7s and won two sevens series and now it’s another tournament we want to win.”
Tuwai captained the team that won the New Zealand and Canada 7s this season and said they were working on some of the little things to help them ahead of the Commonwealth Games since all the teams were getting tough.
“The more games you play the more confidence you will build and I am grateful to the assistance from senior players such as Jasa Veremalua and Vatemo Ravouvou. I get all the help from the boys and they respect and do whatever I tell them.
“It makes our work easier.
“Everything is going on well at the moment.
“We do not know about our future, but we will try to win the Commonwealth Games.”
The Commonwealth Games will start on April 4.