7s reps ink deal

Fiji Rugby Union CEO John O'Connor. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA/FILE

COMPETITION for the final spots in the Fiji 7s team to 2020 Tokyo Olympics has forced some players to turn down lucrative overseas contracts.

This came to light as Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor confirmed that equal contracts have been given to players in the men’s and women’s teams.

“Some of these players had turned down offers given to them because they want to represent Fiji to the Olympics and that is where all of them want to reach and participate in,” said O’Connor.

O’Connor said the Fiji 7s and the Fijiana players had been contracted as they embark on a new season of representing the country to various tournaments that started last week.

“Both the men and the women sevens team are contracted since they joined the side but the only difference is that some of our players contracts are on long term agreement.

The Fiji 7s team after finishing in the 8th position last week made history by not qualifying to the cup quarter-finals for the first time in the 21-year history of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series round in Dubai on Sunday.

The Fiji Airways-sponsored side’s chances of qualifying to the quarter-finals rest on how well they will play in their pool games since they are pooled with South Africa, USA and Japan.

They also received the highest numbers of yellow cards in the Dubai 7s last week reaching a total of six yellow cards in four matches.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Airways Fijiana is pooled with New Zealand, South Africa and Russia in the Cape Town 7s.

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