DOHA: Fiji Rugby Sevens captain Osea Kolinisau said the Rio Games made him fitter than playing in the 15s competition.
The 30-year-old, who is on a visit to Doha, led his country to their first Olympic gold at the Rio Games in August, beating Great Britain in the final 43-7, with Kolinisau scoring the first try.
“It was the best moment in my life, but thanks to the tournament I became fitter in Rio than playing in the 15s event because the sevens is always tougher and physical,” Kolinisau told Doha Stadium Plus on Tuesday. “The sevens isn’t an easy competition. It’s unpredictable, but intense and exciting where the first seven minutes can decide a team’s fate”
“The World Series Rugby Sevens is an exciting tournament where you interact with different people from different continents and cultures. Moreover, in this format, you’ve more space where you get to express yourself,” added Kolinisau, who debuted for his country at Dubai Sevens tournament in 2008 and led his country to victory at the Sevens World Series in 2013-14.
The Fijian said recovery is very important in a sevens competition.
“The first week is okay, but it becomes really tiring in the second. There’re chances of injury as well. It all depends on fitness trainers to rejuvenate the players. The quicker a team regain energy, they’ll have the edge,” he said.
“Even few years back, the Fijians or Kiwis dominated the sport. Now that has changed with the rise of teams like Kenya. They qualified for the Rio Olympics and were winless, but they fought hard against the best,” he added. -- DSP