Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele  slams 'lazy players' on national team playing in World Rugby Sevens Series

Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele slams 'lazy players' on national team playing in World Rugby Sevens Series

Samoa’s national rugby 7s players look dead on the field, are lazy and have become an eyesore, the country’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele claims.

Samoa’s national rugby 7s players look dead on the field, are lazy and have become an eyesore, the country’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele claims.

Speaking at the opening of a local 7s competition, he said the Manu Samoa Sevens team on the World Rugby 7s Series had slipped below the top 10 in the rankings.

Tuilaepa, who is chairman of the Samoan Rugby Union, says the team is at the “low and embarrassing level of our sevens rugby….

“We’ve all seen our representative teams being sent to world tournaments,” he said.

“Watching them gives you the feeling that we’re trying to learn again.”

They were guilty of “poor ball handling, lack of speed, being individualistic and the absence of team work.”

Some were cowards who run sideways and pass the ball with their eyes closed. They looked dead.

“They’re lazy, they don’t want to play. The phase of rugby we have reached unfortunately has become an eyesore.”

He called on new players to try out for the team.

“We don’t need cowards; we can see what goes on, on the field.

“We need players who use their brains wisely, open their eyes, we need players who play to win, not just to front up for the sake of playing.”