8 Feb 2013

Sport: Media ban imposed on Fiji Sevens team in Las Vegas

11:27 am on 8 February 2013

A media ban has been placed on the Fiji Sevens team, who are refusing all interview requests ahead of the latest round of the World Series in Las Vegas.

All attempts to speak with the players and coaching staff in Las Vegas have been rejected, with team officials saying the blackout was implemented at the request of CEO Manasa Baravilala, who is with the team in the US.

Phone numbers for team liaisons in Las Vegas were given to media earlier this week but, when contacted, the liaisons said they had been told to direct enquiries back to the FRU office.

Attempts to contact Mr Baravilala have also been unsuccessful, while even some Fiji Rugby Union staff members were unable to get through to speak with coaches Alifereti Dere and Timoci Wainiqolo.

The team is under pressure after failing to make the quarter finals at last week's Wellington tournament for the first time.