Fuli – Earn your spot

Fiji's Reapi Ulunisau races away from the France defense for a try on day two of the Dubai Emirates Airline Rugby Sevens 2021 women's competition on 4 December, 2021. Photo credit: Mike Lee - KLC fotos for World Rugby

Fiji 7s coach Saiasi Fuli believes the biggest lesson his players have learned from the first leg of the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series in Dubai is that there were no quarter given whether you are a seasoned veteran or a newcomer.

“On the World Rugby Sevens Series you have to produce results,” Fuli said.

“There had been talks of 11 new players, seven of which have flown out for the first time from Fiji. From my side as coach there was no discussion regarding that. When you are selected to play for Fiji, we don’t consider those kind of issues as an excuse that you are new.

“In Fiji, the obligation is you have to play well, earn your spot and play to the best of your ability, and collectively as a team you have to produce results.”

Fiji ended its campaign coming away from Dubai with a sixth place finish for the men’s 7s team and a historic second place finish for the Fijiana 7s side after one leg which Fuli said was no easy feat either way.

“It was not an easy journey, knowing we had just started training and gone into camp for three to four weeks after restrictions were lifted.

“There are a lot of positives in terms of the individuals who were selected and how competitive we could play as a team.”

The Fiji 7s team and Fijiana 7s side will return to the country for a break before preparing for the next stop over in Malaga, Spain on January 21-23 next year for the resumption of the series.

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