The Fiji Rugby Union has sacked Fiji 7s head coach Ben Gollings and replaced him with former Fiji 7s captain and 2016 Olympic Games gold medallist Osea Kolinasau.

The announcement was made this morning by FRU board chairman Peter Mazey at Rugby House in Suva.

Gollings’ axing comes after Fiji’s failure to win a title on the HSBC SVNS Series over 19 consecutive tournaments.

Mazey said FRU has been in discussion with Kolinisau since December last year, talking to him about his willingness to coach the team.

“After careful consideration and the unanimous agreement with all my trustees, Fiji Rugby has decided to part ways with Ben Gollings.

“This is due to his inability to meet the desired standards and expectations set forth by the organisation and within his contract,” said Mazaey.

He said the decision to appoint Kolinisau was not made under duress.

“In line with this commitment to excellence, I am now very pleased to announce the appointment of Osea Kolinisau as the new head coach of the Fijian sevens team.

“He brings with him a wealth of experience and we all know him well and a proven track record of success at the highest levels of competition, including being captain of our team that won the first gold medal Fiji has at the Olympics.”

Mazey said the FRU also players and staff to reaffirm the full support of the body.

Meanwhile, Mazey said they will soon announce an advisory group to help the Fiji 7s teams.