Fijians out of Cape Town

Meli Derenalagi of Fiji Airways Fiji 7's team during the training at Waikato Marist Rugby Football ground for the weekend HSBC Hamilton sevens yesterday, January 23, 2019. Picture: RAMA

The Fiji mens’s 7s team and Fijiana women’s team will not feature at the Dubai and Cape Town 7s.

This after World Rugby has decided to cancel both tournaments because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

World Rugby chief executive Brett Gosper said the safety and wellbeing of the players would always be their priority.

“While we share in the disappointment of players, teams, fans, hosts and everyone involved with the popular events in Dubai and Cape Town,” Gosper told World Rugby.

“This is a prudent decision taken with the health and wellbeing of the global rugby community and wider society as our top priority and guided by the relevant government and international public health authority advice.

“Through the Sevens Working Group we are continuing to work very hard in close collaboration with all stakeholders, including host and participating unions, international rugby players, and our commercial and broadcast partners.

“We want to achieve our shared objective of a spectacular return to HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series action as soon as it is safe to do so and we continue to plan and prepare for all remaining events in the 2021 Series.”

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