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WHY Green?

WHY Green?
Men in jolly green...Vodafone Flying Fijians team member Lepani Botia and Gabiriele Lovobalavu during the welcoming ceremony at Hampton Court Palace as buildup to the Rugby World Cup intensifies. Photo: ZIMBIO
September 11
21:08 2015

The jolly green trousers worn by the Vodafone Flying Fijians when they were officially welcomed at Hampton Court Palace  has stirred the hearts of many fans both here and abroad.

The green trousers certainly captured the attention of the locals and international media.

On social media some associated green with Ireland, post St Patrick’s Day celebrations, the green, green grass of home and even the Islamic faith.

But many supported the team nonetheless. Some said the green was unique, trendy and different – even though it was not a combination of the usual black, white or blue.

The official word from Fiji Rugby House is this: “Flying Fijians don Green pants to remind about the environment.”

Following is a statement released by the Fiji Rugby Union.

“The Fiji Rugby union broke with tradition to step out in green trousers in London yesterday, in support of World Rugbys’ campaign to highlight the push for zero hunger at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.  In a statement, World Rugby said it has set a big challenge with its humanitarian partner, the United Nations World Food Programme, as part of their Tackle Hunger campaign to raise awareness and funds to support WFP’s push for zero hunger.

“The Tackle Hunger campaign has been at the heart of the tournament and during the qualification process the iconic Webb Ellis Cup was guest of honour at a rugby festival in Madagascar involving children who benefit from WFP’s feeding programs.

“For Fiji, this topic is closely tied to the environment which is now under severe pressure from environmental degradation and climate change.

“Our voice is not always heard in international forums, so a very visual green trouser in an international platform such as the Rugby World Cup is a novel way to remind that the environment and climate change is very real and immediate phenomena for Fiji and the Pacific.

“The green is also representative of the changing mindset in the Fiji Rugby Union. Green represents growth: a growing conviction, buoyed by the performance of the sevens team, that we too can be world champions in the full version of the game.”

Feedback: justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

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