7s team share bonus

THE Vodafone Fiji 7s team received a bonus of $30,000 from sponsor Vodafone for winning the Hong Kong title and finishing third at Tokyo in the 2014/2015 HSBC World Sevens Series.

This is apart from the Hong Kong 7s prizemoney of $US100,000 of which a proportion would be given to the players.

The Fiji 7s team which is running on a shoestring budget is on track for direct qualification for the 2016 Rio Olympics and the World Sevens Series title.

Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer Radrodro Tabualevu said the share from the Hong Kong 7s prize purse would be distributed to the players within three weeks.

“The bonus which was given to the players upon arrival is separate from the money that will be paid out from Hong Kong prizemoney,” he said.

“The bonuses are part of the contract with the sponsors. It is for a title win, loss at the final, or finishing third coming down to the plate and bowl divisions.

“We will release the Hong Kong 7s prizemoney as soon as possible.

“There is a process around it which takes about 21 days.”

Radrodro said they had a strategy in place to retain the top players.

He said the success of the team was based on the abilities of the players.

“There is passion for rugby in Fiji,” Radrodro said.

“We cannot compare ourselves to England, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. But our corporate companies have been supportive.

“We will be seeking the support of the public to back the team. The road from here to Rio is a long one and we need to prepare for that after this series.”

Radrodro said they were competing with countries with bigger budgets.

“The benchmark is like the England’s budget of $7m,” he said.

“Fiji would be good to have that but we are realistic. We are working on a budget and will do all we can to get it.

“There are a lot of challenger and the FRU is confident to get the support of the Fiji Government. We are doing some initiatives with our sponsors.

“We are competing with $US5,000 packages in Sri Lanka and for Europe you are looking at $EUR 10,000 per month.

“When we talk about the money then that’s the biggest challenge for us.

“The retention of players is through the passion for them to play for the country.

Fiji well, they do the country proud.

“So the boys are passionate to go for the gold medal in Rio.

“They are aware of the fact that will bring special status for them.”

The Glasgow 7s will be played from May 9-10.

Pools A: England, France, Austraalia, Russia; Pool B: South Africa, New Zealand, Samoa, Kenya; Pool C: Fiji, Scotland, Wales, Portugal; Pool D: Canada, Japan, United States, Argentina.

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