The Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) has tasked former sevens player and coach Tomasi Cama to act as a mentor for the Fiji players and help to instill in them a sense of discipline.
Cama had a successful career as a rugby sevens player representing Fiji for more than 10 years and was part of the sides that went unbeaten in 1990-1992 at the Hong Kong Sevens. Cama will be travelling with the Fiji Sevens players to the rest of the HSBC World Sevens tournaments and he will hope to be a good influence on the players.
The Fiji Sevens team have had issues with discipline in the past. Playmaker Vatemo Ravouvou lost his place in the squad after consuming alcohol during the Cape Town Sevens in South Africa late last year. Captain Kalione Nasoko was once arrested and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol.
And Amenoni Nasilasila has a case in court after being accused of rape. FRU chief executive officer John O’Connor believes that Cama, a player renowned for his professionalism during his playing days, will be a good role model for the players.
Watch Tomasi Cama’s famous between-the-legs try at the Hong Kong Sevens
r/:[OldSchoolCool] Crazy passing by Waisale Serevi and Noa Nadruku finished by Tomasi Cama (Sr) to get Fiji the win over NZ in the 1990 Hong Kong Sevens Final https://t.co/doroDYJCKm
— Jonny Van FugleMugle (@JVanFM) April 7, 2019
“After we had a few disciplinary issues with the players we decided to get in someone of Cama’s calibre,” O’Connor was quoted as saying the Fiji Sun. “Cama as we all know was a disciplined player during his rugby days and also he was the fit- test. We need someone like him in the team as the players look up to him and he’s there to talk to them.”
Discipline is not the only issue Fiji hope Cama will address. The squad are ranked 11th out of the 15 core teams competing in the HSBC Rugby Sevens World Series in terms of experience. And Fiji hope having a veteran and a legend of the game working with the players will help to bolster their confidence.
With Olympic qualification almost guaranteed, Cama will also be travelling with the squad to the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo, Japan.
Fiji will be in action in the Singapore Sevens and have been drawn against Canada, South Africa and Scotland in Pool A. Fiji are second in the HSBC Rugby Sevens world standings on 123 points after seven tournaments, seven points behind leaders USA (130 points) and five points ahead third placed New Zealand (118). Singapore Sevens kicks off on Saturday.
Main caption: Tomasi Cama (centre) with a young Waisale Serevi during their Hong Kong Sevens heydays. Photo: Twitter