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Better Days Are Coming: Tuitubou

Better Days Are Coming: Tuitubou
The Minister for Sports Laisenia Tuitubou (fourth from left), with Fiji Rugby Union sponsors’ representatives and members of the Vodafone Fijian 7s team at the Raffles Gateway Hotel in Nadi yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
May 21
07:44 2015

There are good days ahead of us in the future of our sevens rugby, says the Minister for Sports Laisenia Tuitubou.

He did not mince his words during the reception of the Vodafone Fijian 7s retrun at the Raffles Gateway Hotel in Nadi yesterday.

“All that is needed now is a concerted effort from the public and private sector to band together and offer our unhindered support to Ben Ryan and the Fijian 7s team,” Tuitubou said.

Throughout the years, he said,  our feats of brilliance had lingered on the minds of all ardent rugby followers.

“This year’s series has also been filled with moments of the same brilliance and has captivated all who have had the pleasure of witnessing it. You have made your families and loved ones proud.

“We have the ingredients that are needed of champions but the onus is on us if we wish to continue on our high strides.

He said the country was behind the team as they strived to win the  Olympic Games gold medal.

“My ministry will continue to provide the assistance needed to realise this dream. I call upon all stakeholders to support our boys in their quest for gold. This series victory has once again brought all Fijians together and only the sport of sevens rugby has the capability to achieve such a feat. Never falter in your conviction that success is on the horizon, as only you have the ability to reach out and grab it.

Acting FRU Chairman John O’Connor said the current board of directors will ensure that the players were rewarded accordingly.

“As part of the bonus payments that will be paid to the players in the celebration dinner on Saturday. The players will be paid outstanding bonuses for HK, Japan 7s, Glasgow 7s, and third place in London 7’s,” he said.

He added players who took part in the series will also share the bonus in winning the series therefore the total amount of $110,000 will be divided amongst the players and the managers.

He said the board was committed to a form of reward for Ben Ryan depending on what the contract had verified.

Vodafone chief marketing officer Sanjeewa Perera said Vodafone and the consortium was extremely proud to back a powerful team.

“We will remain committed to supporting the sport to take to greater heights.

“We look forward to the performance of the Vodafone Fijian 7s team’s  performance in Rio. As sponsors, we have always believed our brand to be the leader to support to reach greater heights and fly the Fijian flag. Today it’s for you, our heroes to celeberate.”

Meanwhile, Suva is expected to come alive today as celebration is expected with a march starting from the Suva Flea Market.

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