27 May 2014

Sport: SRU says Samoa sevens fans should be realistic

11:32 am on 27 May 2014

The Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa Rugby Union says the national sevens team remains in a transitional phase and fans need to be realistic about what they can achieve in the short-term.

Viliamu Punivalu resigned as sevens head coach last week to be closer to family.

It followed a dissapointing season where player selections were criticised and the Manu Samoa Sevens team finished a lowly eighth on the World Series standings.

Advertising for a replacement began at the weekend and the SRU boss Fred Amoa says whoever gets the job will have a long-term project on their hands.

"Fans are always expecting to win everything and it's always the case with Samoan fans everywhere. It's rebuilding, it's transitional at this stage [and] we will see what the next season and the Commonwealth [Games] is going to bring and see if there are improvements. It will take time to rebuild but hopefully the process has already started and we will see results be much better in the next series".

Fred Amoa says the union hopes to make a permanent appointment by the end of this week.