3 Feb 2014

Sport: Fiji thankful for sevens sanctions relaxation

1:03 pm on 3 February 2014

The Fiji Rugby Union says it is grateful to be able to select a full strength team for this weekend's Wellington Sevens, following the relaxation of travel sanctions on members of the Fiji regime.

Players and coaching staff connected with the Fiji military were previously unable to travel to New Zealand and Australia because of travel sanctions imposed after the 2006 military coup.

There are no members of the army in this year's squad but the acting Chief Executive Officer of the Fiji Rugby Union Dr Berlin Kafoa says all players were available for selection.

"There are one or two players with military service backgrounds but like I said they have not been stopped in attending the Wellington Sevens in the coming weekend. [We are] thankful to New Zealand that they have lifted some of the sanctions, especially for sporting events, and allowing players to take part in the Wellington Sevens.

Fiji are currently third in the IRB sevens series standings and play New Zealand, France and Spain in pool play.