Fiji eyes series title

Fiji 7s captain, Osea Kolinisau wants to set another record for Fiji in rugby’s abbreviated code.

As he leads the Ben Ryan-coached squad to the Paris 7s tomorrow, the seasoned campaigner wants to retain the World Rugby Sevens Series title.

If he succeeds he would be the first captain to win the series title back to back after last season’s success.

“It is my dream and I know we are capable with the composition of players that we have,” he said while the squad was farewelled at a tea reception at the France

Ambassador, Michel Djokovic’s residence in Suva yesterday.

“It was our plan from the starting of the season. We are leading and we want to win Paris and London to set that record.”

The squad departs tomorrow and will be joined by France’s based players for a week training before the Paris 7s from May 13 – 15.

“It will be tough, but we are working hard. Apart from Semi Kunatani and Samisoni

Viriviri, whom we had played together under Ben Ryan, I think we will not have any problem with Leone Nakarawa, Josua Tuisova, and Waisea Nayacalevu.

Fijian players are good at playing together despite the different backgrounds we come from,” he said.

Manager Ropate Kauvesi said coach Ryan had left for London last week.

He said injured Savenaca Rawaca, would leave for Paris next Monday. He is likely to play in the London 7s.

The French ambassador, in hosting the squad, said: “France is a country where sport is very important.

“Everybody knows that France is a nation of rugby lovers, and especially Fiji, as there are more than 150 Fijians playing in Top 14.

“I wish you all a wonderful time in Paris, the most beautiful and most visited city in the world.”

Fijian Sports Minister Laisenia Tuitubou also attended the reception.

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