27 Feb 2015

Sport: Samoan PM blasts sevens team

9:06 am on 27 February 2015

The Samoan Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, says the country's recent performances on the World Sevens Series has been embarrassing.

Tuilaepa, who doubles as the Chair of the Samoa Rugby Union, used his speech to open the Vailima Marist Sevens in Apia to blast the team's recent performances.

He cited the team's poor ball handling, lack of speed and lack of teamwork, calling the players lazy, cowards and labelling their recent performances as an eyesore.

Tuilaepa also criticised the team prior to the Wellington Sevens earlier this month, when he

told players to stop making excuses and start winning.

The Manu Sevens team has failed to make the Cup quarterfinals at the last four World Series tournaments, and have slipped to tenth in the overall standings.