Fiji Rugby Union begin to offer contracts to Fiji 7s squad under new coach Gareth Baber

Fiji Rugby Union begin to offer contracts to Fiji 7s squad under new coach Gareth Baber

The Fiji Rugby Union has begun offering contracts to their Olympic champion sevens squad.

The previous arrangement expired after the Rio Games, with players only receiving minimal match payments and a daily allowance since the start of the new World Series in December.

Fiji celebrate their Sevens victory at the Rio Olympics.Fiji celebrate their Sevens victory at the Rio Olympics. Photo: Photosport

Reports in Australia have linked gold medal winning trio Masivesi Dakuwaqa, Jerry Tuwai and Jasa Veremalua with a switch to rugby league.

Head coach Gareth Baber said they're doing everything they can to keep their best players in Fiji.

"I don't think we can deny that there's going to be interest for those sorts of quality players around the world, be it in Australia or be it the northern hemisphere," he said.

"The reality at the moment is that two of them have been offered contracts and the third one will be as well. That's what we're trying to do here is provide security, in terms of contracts here in Fiji.

"There's a reality always that anybody can come in and look at poaching players if they want to do that but we want them here, we want them to play for Fiji.

"They're proud Fiji players, they've won Olympic golds and the reality is that we need that sort of quality moving forward...to stabilise performance and deliver performance.

"But also to help the younger players learn what it means to be on the HSBC Series and what levels they have to play at."

Baber said the players who featured in Wellington and Sydney will be the first to be offered permanent contracts and it's hoped most will sign them before the World Series resumes in Las Vegas next month.