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Ex-reps help out

Written By : ILIESA TORA. Former Fiji rugby reps, calling themselves Ex-Fiji Reps, are rallying together to spearhead the “Fiji Rugby World Cup Support Campaign”, aimed at raising urgent funds
22 Feb 2011 12:00

Written By : ILIESA TORA. Former Fiji rugby reps, calling themselves Ex-Fiji Reps, are rallying together to spearhead the “Fiji Rugby World Cup Support Campaign”, aimed at raising urgent funds to help the Flying Fijians campaign at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
The national side will need at least $3 million for the world cup campaign, although the Fiji Rugby Union had stated in December that a total of $7m is needed.
Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama is expected to launch the campaign in Suva on Friday.
The campaign will target the whole country and Fijians living abroad as concerned former reps and rugby fans pull together to find much-needed cash to help the national side’s preparation and actual participation at the world meet, which will be held in New Zealand in September.
Former Suva and national rep Koli Rakoroi, former national and Wallaby rep Acura Niuqila and former national number eight Inoke Male are some of the prominent names in the committee.
Also included in the committee are New Zealand based Damu brothers Jimi and Ilaitia, Elia Rokowailoa and Isikeli Tikoduadua – all former national reps.
Rakoroi said last night that they were eager to help the national team, especially with the current crisis at Rugby House.
And he and his fellow former reps have called on the public’s support for the campaign.
“Rugby is our national sport and a game that every Fijian love dearly, a game that has taken our beloved country and its people to great heights, a game that has brought us together as people of one nation,” the group said in a statement yesterday.
“Let us come together and show our support towards this campaign. Let us show our boys that amidst the drama and intrigue at Rugby House we are with them all the way as
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