Samoa's Prime Minister has criticised the country's national Sevens team calling them "lazy" and an "eyesore".
According to Fairfax Media, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, who is also the Samoan Rugby Union president, addressed a crowd at a local sevens tournament and said the Manu Samoa Sevens side – who are currently languishing in 10th spot in World Rugby's Sevens Series rankings – are at the "low and embarrassing level of our sevens rugby.
"We've all seen our representative teams being sent to world tournaments," he added.
"Watching them gives you the feeling that we're trying to learn again."
Malielegaoi accused some of the players of being cowards who run sideways and pass the ball with their eyes closed.
"They looked dead," he said.
"They're lazy, they don't want to play. The phase of rugby we have reached unfortunately has become an eyesore."
"The phase of rugby we have reached unfortunately has become an eyesore."
Malielegaoi urged new players to try out for the team.
"We don't need cowards; we can see what goes on, on the field," he said.
"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."