New Fiji 7s coach Osea Kolinisau wants the national side to dictate the tempo of the game.

As the team prepares for the Asian leg of the World Sevens Series starting in Hong Kong 7s, Kolinisau said they want to play a high tempo game that we are known for and that can only be achieved through fitness.

The 2016 Olympic gold medal winning captain had his first training session with the team at the Vodafone Arena and was impressed with how the players responded.

Kolinisau said defence is another aspect of their game that they are working on now.

He said they want to pride themselves on their defence as this will win them championships.

The new national coach also said players will be released to play for their individual clubs at the Tabadamu and Marist 7s tournaments.

Fiji is in pool B with Australia, Ireland and South Africa at the Hong Kong 7s which starts on 15 April.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Rugby Union has decided to withdraw the Fiji 7s teams from the upcoming 48th Fiji Bitter Marist 7s tournament.

It was previously announced that two Fiji 7s teams would participate, but that is no longer the case.

Chairman of the Organising Committee, Lawrence Tikaram said they respect the Fiji Rugby Union’s (FRU’s) decision to withdraw, but firmly believes that the tournament would have been the perfect opportunity for the newly appointed coach to access his players and work on combinations for the upcoming HSBC 7s series

Despite the absence of the Fiji 7s teams, the organisers are not giving up hope and are actively pursuing another international team to participate.
Tikaram said that the All Blacks 7s team has expressed their interest to join this year’s tournament

Efforts are underway to finalise logistics for their participation.

The Marist 7s managers briefing will be held on Monday before the tournament officially gets underway on Thursday at the HFC Bank Stadium in Suva.