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Fight on

June 03
12:00 2011

Written By : General Editor. Yesterday, during the national rugby trials we saw how Leone Nakarawa, Nikola Matawalu, Alefoso Yalayalatabua and Dale Tonawai played their hearts out.
It’s a pity that their chance of representing Fiji at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand is now in jeopardy.
This is because of the New Zealand Government’s decision to stop our players with military connection from playing at the World Cup.
We applaud the fact that the International Rugby Board chief executive officer Mike Miller is now talking to the New Zealand government about relaxing their stand.
However, for us at home we cannot afford to sit on our laurels and accept whatever the Kiwis throw at us.
The comment made by Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) president Vidya Lakhan for IRB to reschedule all of Fiji’s games is indeed bold.
Mr Lakhan who is directly involved with the International Olympic movement, knows what he is talking about.
He rightfully pointed out that the event belongs to IRB and the New Zealand government has got no say over it.
The Fiji Rugby Union has every right to select the best possible Fiji team to the Rugby World Cup.
In the past we’ve seen how members of our armed forces in the likes of Kolinio Rakoroi, Elia Rokowailoa, Tom Mitchell, Rusiate Namoro, Epeli Natuivau and Setareki Tawake played crucial roles in our past Rugby World Cup campaigns.
Today, a few of their mates are ready to continue this tradition and they have every right

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