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Fiji win 2015-16 series and guarantee top seeding for Rio

Fiji claim back to back series titles under Ben Ryan, and only their third ever after reaching the Cup quarter-finals in London.

Fiji claim back to back series titles under Ben Ryan, and only their third ever after reaching the Cup quarter-finals in London.

LONDON, United Kingdom, May 22 – Fiji claimed back to back series titles under Ben Ryan, and only their third ever after reaching the Cup quarter-finals in London. 

By reaching the Cup quarter-finals at the HSBC London Sevens, Fiji confirmed their status as the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series champions.

Despite losing to England in their opening match, victories over Wales and Australia ensured Ben Ryan’s men could not be caught at the top of the series standings to win a second successive, and only third ever, series title and guarantee top seeding heading into the Olympic Games in August.

“It’s the first team in Fijian sevens history to win back-to-back world titles,” said Ryan.

“We have had an up and down day, sevens can be like that. That performance against Australia was unbelievable and it was like last year against South Africa, our defence was just fantastic.”

I said to the boys those tackles weren’t just tackles, they were tackles from the heart. It was a brilliant 14 minutes of rugby from the boys,” he added.

Having won the opening round in Dubai, Fiji went on to win in Las Vegas and in Hong Kong, and despite falling short in the last two finals in Singapore (against Kenya) and in Paris (against Samoa) they still held a 14-point lead heading into the last round.

“It was a tough start for the boys in the first game against England, but I am happy and the boys are happy that we managed to finish our plan,” added Fiji captain Osea Kolinisau.

“We came into the series with a plan to defend it and we were just able to attack all series and attack today. Before the game against Australia, I had a chat with Ben as I was little bit anxious, but the boys delivered when it mattered most.

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“That shows the character of the team. When it mattered most this season, the boys kept stepping up and it’s all down to teamwork throughout this year.”

Fiji failed to reach the Cup semi-finals on just one occasion, in Cape Town where they went on to win the Plate, and reached five of the finals before London.

The question now will be can they go on to win the Cup title in London, which they failed to do when securing the series title 12 months ago.

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  1. Grace

    April 3, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    The president is such a Man!!! He deserves the praise and the many kind words he is receiving from all quotas. Am glad that he is alive to hear how grateful we are as a nation for his contributions in this great nation.
    I join the many to wish him well and pray that the Lord will reward his hard work and diligence with a long life to see the fruits of his labour.
    Mr. President, I may not have a gift for you, but am so grateful. Thank you

    • Natural Sceptic

      April 3, 2013 at 5:55 pm

      Yes. Thank you Mr. President!

  2. Florencia

    April 3, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    I will miss Kibaki. God bless you.

  3. Duncan Muchina

    April 4, 2013 at 12:44 am

    He never used the red line. Not even once. That is the mark of a nationalist.

  4. Greenmarshmarrows

    April 4, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Halleluia, we have come of age. This is mature. Just a little bit, and we will be ripe

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