Fiji’s Women’s National Sevens team, the Fijiana, brought joy to a COVID-ravaged nation this year with their bronze-medal performance at the Olympic Games. They have gone on to finish the season strongly, with silvers in Dubai (reaching their first World Series final in the process), and are currently ranking second in the HSBC World Sevens Series. There are tournaments in Spain, Canada and France to come in 2022, prompting Fiji’s Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama to predict that they are the team to beat.
The Fijiana impressed collectively and individually. Fijiana 7s players Alowesi Nakoci and Reapi Uluinasau were in contention for World Rugby Women’s 7s Player of the Year award . . .