Fiji rugby 7s is hurrying to get some quality game time to prepare for their Olympic Games campaign in Tokyo.
The team management has already used the best local 7s tournament as one alley way to get their much needed high quality games says Joe Rodan, the Paradise Beverages general manager sales and corporate affairs.
He mentions that this is the best way the Fiji 7s team could get the help they need.
with the countdown to the Tokyo Olympics now at less than a hundred, Rodan is not only focused in the local communities but also in ensuring that the national 7s teams get the assistance they need. The Fijian 7s are coming into the 2nd rugby Olympic Games as the defending gold medalists, so a lot is on the line for team Fiji.
“We are trying to implement with 7s organizers the importance of running the tournament at a higher standard so that it matches how the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series are run,” the former national track representative said.
“With the Olympic Games this year it is our duty to support our 7s hopefuls who will be taking us to Tokyo.”
He said their contribution to local 7s tournaments was not only financially but also in supporting grassroots tournaments such as the Malomalo 7s where national players could take part in.
“Local tournaments where Fiji Bitter sponsor, such as Malomalo 7s is an ideal place to unearth new players for future national duties,” he said.
“Take for example the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s where Jerry Tuwai was considered for selection and he has been good.”
Last week, Tonga and Samoa Invitational sides were able to to take part in the men’s tournament in New Zealand, along with the All Blacks 7s.
Tony Philp, New Zealand Rugby high performance 7s manager says that even with boarders close, they were happy to have been able to hold such an event that created the high level of competition they needed.
“We are lucky to have really talented 7s players in our country so putting together a tournament like this is key for Olympic preparation,” he told RNZ.