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May 20
08:57 2015

The Vodafone Fijian 7s team will receive their official bonus from major sponsor Vodafone Fiji today.

This was confirmed last night by Vodafone chief marketing officer Sanjeewa Perera while responding to questions on when the players would receive their financial incentives.

“The team will receive the bonus tomorrow (today) when they arrive in the country and the handover will be from a Vodafone representative to the Fiji Rugby Union representative.”

It was confirmed the team would spend the night in Nadi after arriving at 2.30pm before they make their way down to Suva.

The Ben Ryan coached-side are expected to make stops at star flyer Samisoni Viriviri’s village in Dratabu and at a few other villages along the Coral Coast and Navua.

The team are scheduled to make one more stop in Lami before joining a march that will take place from Suva’s Flea Market to Albert Park, where fireworks display are planned as part of the celebrations.

Vodafone chief executive officer Pradeep Lal conveyed his congratulations to national 7s coach Ben Ryan and the players for their achievements.

“On behalf of Vodafone and our consortium partners Fiji Airways, CJ Patel, HFC, TFL and our dedicated fans we congratulate the team, coach Ben Ryan and the officials for a job well done. Vinaka vakalevu, for making every Fijian proud of our achievements.

“The tremendous success is a result of the hard working board and management, absolute commitment by coach Ben Ryan with the utmost dedication and sacrifice by our boys.”

Lal went on to express Vodafone’s pride at being associated with a winning team.

“To win the Sevens World Series in the very first year after our return as FRU sponsors after a lapse of nine years is truly a magnificent feeling. This is a good omen for our sponsorship partnership with FRU.

“With the 15s Rugby World Cup scheduled later this year and Olympic Games next year, the World Rugby 7s win set a firm foundation to build on the winning performances.

“This was Vodafone’s aspirations in February 2014 when we partnered with the consortium of companies to sponsor Fiji Rugby.

“Now, we are now bearing the fruits of our unprecedented millions of dollars of investment into the sport that ignites the passion in every Fijian and unites the nation like no other. We are proud to share the winning feeling with every Fijian who loves our rugby and country.”

Lal added that they would stand by the national 7s team as they embarked on the road to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“The whole of Fiji with Vodafone and its consortium of partners await the return of our heroes to a grand fiesta upon their return on Thursday,” he said.

“It’s been a long season and we would like to reward and recognise the players in the best way possible. As we look in earnest to the road to Rio Olympics, 2016, Vodafone Fiji hopes to be the ladder to support the team in flying the Fijian flag at its highest ever.”




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