Fiji 7s rugby

'A big boost': Fiji Sevens co-captain backs potential home World Sevens Series tournament

Despite Fiji’s status as a global hotbed for rugby sevens, the nation is still yet to hold a World Series event, but reports from New Zealand media earlier this year suggested that could be set to change in the coming years.

Speaking at the Hamilton Sevens in January, New Zealand Rugby chief rugby officer Nigel Cass confirmed that the Kiwi leg of the world circuit would not be held in Hamilton next year, and that Fiji had instead been considered an option as an alternative host.

Fiji 7s star up for award

The Olympic gold medallist is up against Perry Baker from the United States and South Africa's Rosko Specman.

All three players were a named in the Dream Team for the 2016/17 season, while American flyer Baker topped the point and try scoring tallies.

Samisoni Viriviri was the last Fijian to win the award in 2014.

The winners will be announced at the World Rugby Awards in Monte Carlo on November 26.


Photo: World Rugby / Martin Seras Lima Jerry Tuwai breaks free during the USA Sevens in Las Vegas. 

Fiji 7s welcome back two Olympic gold medalists

Masivesi Dakuwaqa missed the Wellington and Sydney tournaments through injury while Apisai Domolailai hasn't played for Fiji since their Olympic success in Rio in August.

Head coach Gareth Baber said he's looking forward to seeing their leadership and points of difference on display over the next fortnight.

15s desire for Fiji's coach Ben Ryan

Ryan found God-gifted athletes in Fiji and added the right components to create world champions and now was working towards his swansong to become Olympic champions.

Ryan confirmed that he was looking to move on, but promised not to coach another sevens team.

"Yes, this is true. I love living in Fiji. I really do," said Ryan.

"But after watching the World Cup, I really got my desire back to coach 15s again. I haven't had an offer to stay in Fiji and I think a new challenge is needed. I wouldn't go to another sevens team after Fiji — why would you!"