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Rugby in the blood

Written By : General Editor. We salute the efforts of our former national rugby reps who have taken the initiative to raise funds around the country for the September Rugby
23 Feb 2011 12:00

Written By : General Editor. We salute the efforts of our former national rugby reps who have taken the initiative to raise funds around the country for the September Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
These former national reps have taken on the mammoth challenge of raising $3 million in less than six months time in order to assist our national team’s preparation for the Rugby World Cup.
What a great sacrifice!
It’s a pity that those at Rugby House, who were assigned to find a major sponsor for our Flying Fijians, despite a top eight finishing at the 2007 Rugby World Cup, have failed in their duties.
And that simply means these people have to go and to accompany them out are the decision makers at Rugby House who had appointed them to the position.
These decision-makers have failed the member Unions, who had placed their trust on them to get the job done.
In today’s professional sports, there is no more room for excuses or entertaining those that have failed to deliver the goods for Fiji Rugby.
Again, I call on those decision-makers at Rugby House to step down and allow the member Unions to elect those who are capable of taking Fiji Rugby to a higher level.
The stand taken by our former national rugby reps proves the fact that they have had enough of what is happening at Rugby House.
And now is the time for them to step in to rescue Fiji Rugby.
These players in the likes of 1987 Rugby World Cup skipper Kolinio Rakoroi, Acura Niuqila, Inoke Male, Elia Rokowailoa, IsikelI Tikoduadua, Jimi Damu, Ilaitia Damu and so on have toiled hard during their rugby days to put Fiji on the world map.
During their playing days they were not paid a single penny but it was the love for the country and rugby that kept them going.
That shows their decision to stand up and be counted at the eleventh hour- comes from their hearts as they are not easily influenced by any hidden agenda or political spin.
This is best summed up with their statement, “Rugby is our national sport 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.”
Now the onus is on us the members of the public to throw our whole hearted support behind our former national rugby reps as they take to the streets to collect the much-needed cash.
Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has taken the lead by agreeing to launch the campaign in Suva tomorrow.
So, let’s not hold back but join our rugby legends in making this $3m mission a reality.




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