Fiji men’s team finish third in World Sevens Series

Fiji team huddle before the game against Wales on day one of the HSBC Canada Sevens 2020 at BC Place Stadium on 7 March, 2020 in Vancouver, Canada. Picture: SUPPLIED/ Mike Lee - KLC fotos for World Rugby

THE Fiji men’s sevens rugby team will finish at third place in the 2019/2020 HSBC World Sevens Series after the remaining tournaments has been cancelled.

The remaining rounds of the women’s and men’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series 2020 in Langford, London, Paris, Singapore and Hong Kong have been cancelled due to the ongoing and dynamic global nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing the 2020 Series to an early conclusion.

The Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor said the decision was made for the well being of the players.

“As much as we wanted to improve our rankings in the Series, our priority is the well-being and safety of the players and its unfortunate the decision has been despite the interest within the players and fans,” said O’Connor.

World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said the disappointing decision was made for the well being of safety of the players and fans.

“The decision follows detailed and constructive dialogue with the host and participating unions.

“It has also been taken with the health and well being of the rugby community and the wider public as top priority, and in line with the relevant national government and public health authority advice,” he said.

New Zealand will be awarded both the women’s and men’s titles courtesy of being top of the standings before the pandemic interrupted the Series with five of the eight women’s rounds and six of the ten men’s rounds successfully completed.

The Black Ferns Sevens had topped the podium in four of the five rounds in the women’s Series so far, while the All Blacks Sevens had claimed three victories and five podium finishes in the six rounds completed in the men’s Series.

Olympic Champions Australia finish second in the women’s Series with Canada in third. In the men’s Series, the 2018 champions South Africa finish in second place with Olympic and 2019 Series champions Fiji in third. There will be no relegation from the women’s or men’s Series in 2020.

Meanwhile the Fijiana- women’s sevens team finished at 7th place in the Series.

 

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