PARIS – Olympic champions Fiji captured their third World Rugby Sevens Series title in five years on Sunday as they won the season-ending tournament in Paris.
Fiji defeated series runners-up the United States 33-14 in the semi-finals to ensure they would finish as champions. They celebrated their triumph in style by beating New Zealand 35-24 in the final.
It was a fifth victory this season for the Fijians in the 10-leg competition, and gave them a fourth overall title, adding to wins in 2006, 2015 and 2016.
Fiji captain Josua Vakurunabili said he told his teammates to “make people back home and your family proud”.
“In the huddle I said to the boys, 'If you want to be a history maker don't let this moment pass you,'“ he said.