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Our World Champs Are Home

Our World Champs Are Home
Jiuta Takubu with his family at the International Airport in Nadi yesterday. Photo: LUKE NACEI
November 03
09:02 2015

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces received a warm welcome from families and friends at the Nadi International Airport last night.

This was after they defeated the British Army 30-10 in the final of the International Defence Rugby Competition in London last week.

Team manager Major Saula Koro said the players returned as better rugby reps.

“Their style of play has changed and they are armoured with the new techniques, skills they have learnt from every game they play,” he said.

“It is a great feeling like you are on top of the world to have won a tournament involving powerhouses of militaries around the world.”

He said the team had made the country proud.

“It is a defence World Cup and all the teams that went through this tournament with one mission in mind to take back the cup.

“The players had a really good exposure during the tournament and this is a big plus for us.

“My message to the boys was to play for God, family and country.

“With the next tournament in Japan in 2019 we are planning to defend the title as this tournament is held in conjunction with the Rugby World Cup.

“I would like to thank the families the immediate families and as well the extended families, the RFMF as a whole has been there for us all this time and together with our major sponsors.

“The focus shifted to us when our national team departed from England and that was also a motivating factor for the boys. The Fijians serving at the UK forces supported us really well and were their all the way. It was like playing in our home ground,” he said.

Feedback: luke.nacei@fijisun.com.fj

 

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