The World 7s Series Champions Fiji Rugby 7s were treated to a warm welcome after reclaiming the title they last won in 2016.
Fijian prime minister Frank Bainimarama led thousands of fans in welcoming the champions at Nawaka Village , home to World 7s Series Rookie of the Year Ratu Meli Derenalagi. The government awarded the coach and 14 players with $5000 each which is equivalent to KSh 500,000.
Other members of the Technical were awarded $2500. The players also received $100, 000 (Kshs. 10 000, 000 Million) as bonuses from the Fijian Rugby Union to share.
The Prime Minister said: “You have bounced back from the disappointment of last year’s series and made your triumphant return as the kings of sevens rugby. As both Prime Minister and a die-hard fan, I can say it’s been an absolute thriller to be part of the journey.”
“I’d like to acknowledge the leadership of Gareth Baber in leading the team to this title. Inheriting the reigns of a dynasty of the Fiji 7s rugby team us a serious responsibility. You’ve brought out the best from these stellar young athletes, you’ve earned the trust and respect of our people and you have our gratitude.”
Last season Fiji missed the Series title to South Africa by two points. This year they amassed 186 points, nine above second played USA. The title marks their fourth in the World 7s Series.
They managed four main Cup titles after wins in Cape Town, Hamilton, Hong Kong and Paris.