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Champs Army Bears Set The Pace

Champs Army Bears Set The Pace
Defence Rugby World Cup champions the Republic of Fiji Military Forces Army Bears at the Nadi International Airport on July 17, 2017. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
July 18
11:00 2017

 

Rear Admiral Naupoto says win will strengthen rugby league within military.

Republic of Fiji Military Forces Commander Rear Admiral Vil­iame Naupoto welcomed the RFMF Army Bears at the Nadi Inter­national Airport last night.

The side, on debut, won the Defence Rugby League World Cup in Australia at the weekend.

The Fijians stunned their Australian Defence Force (ADF) counterparts, at their own game, with a 44-12 thumping.

Rear-Admiral Viliame Naupoto said: “This is a great lead up to the 2017 Rug­by League World Cup. I am glad that Fiji has one in the Defence Forces. But we are thankful for that since RFMF is more rugby union compared to rugby league.

Peniasi Vatuorooro of the Army Bears (RFMF), with family members at the Nadi International Airport on July 17, 2017. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Peniasi Vatuorooro of the Army Bears (RFMF), with family members at the Nadi International Airport on July 17, 2017.
Photo: Waisea Nasokia

“We had this invitation in the last minute from the host Australia and we are so thankful for them. And also for the ADF for looking after our team during the duration.

“This will strengthen rugby league within RFMF and we are glad for them to come back with the win. They have been loyal to themselves first and then to coach etc.”

The RFMF is the holder of the De­fence RLWC and also the Defence Rug­by World Cup as well.

“I hope this will boost to the Voda­fone Fijian Bati team as they prepare to take part in the 2017 RLWC in Octo­ber,” he said.

The side was laced with skipper and former Fiji Bati Sevanaia Koroi, Jone Soro alongside and seasoned cam­paigners Jone Saukuru, Akuila Senib­ici and Eparama Vulavou.

Coach Jese Koroibola said despite the obstacles they managed to stand up for each other.

“It was through our love for the game and support from the families and the RFMF as a whole. The Fijian commu­nity in Australia was in full support,” Koroibola said.

“Our next focus is the nines competi­tion next season.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi

Feedback: waisean@fijisun.com.fj

 

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