It’s time for Ravou­vou to make the tran­si­tion to 15s

Fiji Sun - - Comment - OSEA BOLA

In­dis­ci­pline has again reared its ugly head and it seems we are out of step, out of line with the rest of the rugby world.

When will we ever learn, only time will tell but it’s not help­ing and it’s dent­ing the im­age of our na­tional game now and again.

Mak­ing mis­takes is part of hu­man na­ture, but how we learn from the fall will help us be bet­ter in­di­vid­u­als that’s if we are pre­pared to learn, man up and take it by the chin.

But it seems our play­ers are find­ing it hard to ad­just, adapt and learn.

Se­ri­ously we have prob­lems that need fix­ing now. Rugby is a game renowned for the mu­tual re­spect, build­ing bonds and abid­ing by the laws of the game be­tween play­ers and of­fi­cials.

But it ap­pears our play­ers are de­vi­at­ing from the norm and be­com­ing re­bel­lious by think­ing they can get away with it be­cause of their sta­tus.

While the win after 13 years at the Cape Town Sev­ens last month brought good tid­ings for the sea­son, the ax­ing of vet­eran and key player Vatemo Ravou­vou from be­ing part of the Hamil­ton-Syd­ney clus­ter of the World Sev­ens Se­ries took a new twist for the worst.

The Fiji Rugby Union chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer John O’Con­nor re­vealed Ravou­vou con­sumed al­co­hol and was dropped from the squad.

It’s time FRU and Fiji Air­ways Fi­jian­s7s coach Gareth Baber gave Ravou­vou time­out.

This is not the first time that play­ers have breached con­trac­tual obli­ga­tions and let the team down.

You need to be a team player to be part of the team and no one is big­ger than the game it­self.

It’s un­for­tu­nate that our play­ers con­tinue to suf­fer from ego­cen­tric, self-cen­tred at­ti­tude.

Ravou­vou and Sere­maia Tuwai are the most se­nior play­ers in the squad hav­ing been part of the 2016 Rio Olympics gold medal win­ning team.

What­ever the rea­son may be, it’s rather un­be­com­ing for a player of Ravou­vou’s sta­tus to break the rules. He should lead by ex­am­ple.

Per­haps it’s timely that Ravou­vou move on and fol­low his fel­low 7s Olympians and play the main game like Semi Ku­natani (Har­lequins), Vil­iame Mata (Ed­in­burgh), Leone Nakarawa (Rac­ing 92), Jo­sua Tuisova (Toulon), Osea Kolin­isau (Hous­ton Strik­ers), Save­naca Rawaca (Bay­onne) and Jasa Vere­malua ( San Diego Le­gion), Ravou­vou has given his best to the ab­bre­vi­ated code and its time he moves on and joins 15s.

Baber and the FRU should give him clear­ance.

The cur­rent squad can de­liver the re­sults as a team. Ravou­vou has been given enough time.

The FRU has rightly laid down the marker that no one is big­ger than the sport.

Vatemo Ravou­vou.

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