Fiji wins Gold Coast Rugby Sevens

THE Gold Coast Rugby Sevens has ended with Fiji claiming top prize.

The Pacific Island team beat Samoa in the decider on Sunday, 31-24.

The first leg of the World Sevens Series counts as a qualifier for the 2016 Rio Olympics.


Reuters reported the Fijians raced into a 24-0 lead after four first half tries only for the Samoans to storm back to within two points before Fiji’s Jasa Veremalua put the game out of reach with his late score.

The victory put the Fijians, 2005-06 Series winners, on top of the table with 22 points, with the top four teams at the end of the season qualifying automatically for rugby’s return to the Olympics.

Seven more places will be available in regional qualifiers.

The next round of the nine-event World Series will be played in Dubai in December.