9 Apr 2019

Sport: Call for Fiji 7s team to be rewarded

10:49 am on 9 April 2019

The leader of the opposition has urged the Fiji Government and rugby administrators in the country to reward the team for its historic win at the Hong Kong Sevens.

Fiji beat France 21-7 in Sunday night's cup final to clinch a record extending fifth consecutive Hong Kong title.

Fiji make it five straight in Hong Kong.

Fiji make it five straight in Hong Kong. Photo: Mike Lee - KLC fotos for World Rugby

SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka said it was an incredible victory to savour and that it was only fitting the players and coaching staff each received $US4,700 in recognition of their unprecedented success.

"Our sevens gladiators go from strength to strength and I join other Fijians in expressing our pride and gratitude for their spectacular performance in Hong Kong," he said.

"We also salute you for dedicating the win to the families of those slain in the recent attacks in Christchurch, and to the people of Christchurch."

Fiji's SODELPA leader, Sitiveni Rabuka.

Fiji's SODELPA leader, Sitiveni Rabuka. Photo: RNZ / Koroi Hawkins

"Credit goes to the members of our victorious sevens team, coach Gareth Baber, team manager, physio and everyone who contributed and are part of their struggle and effort. We thank you for your sacrifice and perseverance. Your sportsmanship and your enjoyment of the game make you exemplary ambassadors for our small nation," Rabuka said.

"I urge the government and rugby administrators to recognise and reward our national sevens team, for the historic win. It is only fitting that the national sevens team players, and coaching staff each receive $FJD10,000.00 in recognition of this historic win in Hong Kong."

Fiji are up to second in the World Sevens Series and are back in action in Singapore this weekend, where they are also defending champions.