Kolinivala calls for 7s support
1 January, 2015, 12:00 am
FORMER national sevens selector Epi Kolinivala has urged the nation to rally behind the Vodafone Fiji 7s team.
While he commended national sevens coach Ben Ryan for the hard work despite losing key players to lucrative offers from overseas, Kolinivala challenged players to play with passion for the country and not using it as an eye-opener to overseas contracts.
“After watching the Dubai and Port Elizabeth 7s, let us be patient and should accept the results as Ben Ryan is doing a hard job of keeping the players together,” he said.
“We cannot keep on changing players all the time and promising to win. The philosophy of the game is changing and we cannot compare with our old horse days of running rugby any more.”
He said competition on the HSBC Sevens World Series had intensified and a lot of surprised results were witnessed during the opening three tournaments for the 2014/15 season.
“Competition is very tough now and we need players who are better groomed and monitored on a training program properly before being selected to represent our team.”
“We need more money and better preparation for our national team if we are serious of getting a medal at the Olympics in Rio.
“We should stop players who are seeking that white jumper just for the sake before running away to overseas contract. We know that FRU did not have money to stop these players due to the financial side of it but lets make some constructive and better rules for this.
“We still have a long way to go in the series and our boys are doing and playing their best to stay on course.
“Thanks to Ben Ryan and the boys, we must keep our guards up and we will jump back in front of the series after Wellington,” he added.