Bring back those smiles

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam,Nadawa, Nasinu | Saturday, May 20, 2017
The Marriott London 7s tournament has traditionally been a riot of colour and fancy dress and hypes a weekend of high-class sevens wrapped up in a party atmosphere at the world famous Twickenham stadium.

It's the penultimate and final event of the WRSS and is always an amazing and enterprising event with a wonderful crowd.

The noise at Twickenham has been unimaginable! If it's anything like that again this year, I say the 16 teams are in for a real treat.

As well as world-class 7s on the field the London 7s offers a unique off the field carnival-like atmosphere.

Winning at Twickenham is every team and player's dream although it's slightly shadowed by the atmosphere in the Happy Valley.

Our 7s team, under the watchful eyes of Welshman and former Hong Kong coach Gareth Baber, after a near disastrous outing in the 2016-17 WRSS, has only won the HK event and received a thrashing of a lifetime by Scotland in Paris.

Our performance in Paris was nowhere near the glorious days of Ben Ryan. We do agree that our team is in the re-building phase but there is no shortage of skills and flair in Fiji.

However, I have faith that this team will stamp a mark in London, which recently has been a triumphant tournament for dark horses.

In 2015, US won their first cup title demolishing Australia while last year Scotland celebrated their first cup title in emphatic form defeating Africa 27-26.

I can't ask for anything more than a cup title in London. I am pleading with our boys to play with some power and pride.

No more sloppy passes and 'soft touch rugby' tackles. Bring back those hard hits that we displayed in Hong Kong. Get the talanoa, support play and veilomani rolling!

Let's end the season on a high and bring back those missing smiles. On the other hand, all eyes would be on the Rookie of the Year Award, which is hotly contested by Yasawa flyer Kalione Nasoko, a Fijian in the All Blacks colours Vilimoni Koroi and Los Pumas star Matias Osadczuk. Nasoko will start as favourite having won the best player award in HK.

All the best to Mr Baber and our boys for the London 7s!

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