Fiji 7s strike gold in Oceania Sevens

The Fiji 7s men’s team have won the Oceania Sevens championship after beating the New Zealand All Blacks 17-7 in their final match before the Olympic Games.

The games took place in Townsville, Queensland over the past three days where teams each teams had two games per day. Four teams competed in the competitions with hosts Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Oceania Barbarians who are formed with contracted sevens and university players.

The Fijian men and the New Zealand women were the only teams left unbeaten in the tournament as they both enter Tokyo with a record streak.

This week, Fiji sevens head coach Gareth Baber will have to face a tough decision in picking which players will join them in Tokyo. His final 13 man team will be defending Fiji’s Olympic Gold medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

The Fijian men have a few young players to add to their possible line up like Masi,Jiuta Wainiqolo and Sireli Maqala. Veteran Fijian also took part in the Oceania sevens tournament with Jerry Tuwai leading the team as he captained them to victory, Josua Vakurunabili, Meli Derenalagi and Waisea Nacuqu are sure starters for the Tokyo Games.

The Fiji men’s 7s won the historic gold medal at the inaugural Rio Olympic Games back in 2016, after breezing through Great Britain in the finals.

This weekend was the first time we saw Fiji play in an international tournament after over a year away from the international scene due to the pandemic. The Covid-19 struck nation has had many difficulties in their road to Tokyo with restrictions forcing players to leave their families to enter a bubble for several months, this is just all so they can prepare for the Olympic Games.

The Fijiana 7s have took a few key pointers from the men’s side for the Oceania sevens, where the world watched them beat the Australian women in dominating match. The Fijiana women put in some bone crushing tackles on the Olympic gold medalists before securing their first win against Australia.