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Rugby Strengthens Ties In Vanua Of Rewa, Bau

Rugby Strengthens Ties In Vanua Of Rewa, Bau
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with the Rewa rugby team and management during Rewa rugby celebrations at Kiuva village,Tailevu on September 8, 2107. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau
September 09
12:02 2017

The traditional link between the vanua of Rewa and Kiuva, Bau, Tailevu was strengthened yesterday during their rugby celebrations.

Kiuva hosted Rewa to celebrate their success in winning the Bainimarama Shield.

Historically, the original Rewa Rugby Union comprised Tailevu and Rewa Provinces.

Bau was one of the traditional supporters of Rewa.

During the reign of the Vunivalu of Bau and then Governor-General, Ratu Sir George Cakobau, an attempt was made to change the name from Rewa to Tailevu.

The thinking then was that Tailevu was the dorminant force in the union and the name change was appropriate. A delegation went to Bau to seek Ratu Sir George’s blessing.

He told the delegation to wait until he died before they change the name. They got the message that he valued the traditional ties with Rewa. They waited until he died before they changed to Tailevu. Subsequently the Rewans formed the Burebasaga Rugby Union which later changed to Rewa Rugby Union. Next year will the first time that the new Rewa Rugby Union will be competing in the premier divison, the Skipper Cup.

If Ratu Sir George was alive he would have joined the celebrations yesterday.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama who is from Kiuva said they were happy to host Rewa.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Ro Teimumu Kepa at Kiuva, Bau, Tailevu on September 8,2017.   Photo: Petero Kaveni

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Ro Teimumu Kepa at Kiuva, Bau, Tailevu on September 8,2017. Photo: Petero Kaveni

Mr Bainimarama commended the achievement of the Rewa team.

“I am grateful to the vanua of Rewa and happy to host the  Roko Tui Dreketi and the Rewa rugby team,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“It is a wonderful opportunity to be together with community especially with the Rewa rugby team.

“This is just the celebration for the Rewa team and apparently the celebration was hosted here in the Kiuva Village because most of the boys are members of the Rewa team.”

The Opposition leader, Ro Teimumu Kepa, who attended in her capacity as the Roko Tui Dreketi, paramount chief of Rewa said rugby brought the people together.

She led the Rewa rugby team in formally presenting the shield to be kept by the vanua of Natena (traditional home of the Roko Tui Kiuva – chief of Kiuva). Ro Teimumu thanked Kiuva for hosting Rewa and praised the players for their achievement.

Rewa Rugby secretary Petero Kaveni said Ro Teimumu spoke highly of role rugby play during the traditional welcoming ceremony.

She praised the Rewa team for their remarkable achievement in 2017 and thanked the vanua of Natena for hosting the team.

Rewa Rugby Union secretary Petero Kaveni said: “We are proud of being the defending champions of the Bainimarama Shield and competing in the Skipper Cup competition next year,” Kaveni said.

“We will start our off-season training on Monday  as we need to prepare the boys well for next year.”

Edited by  Osea Bola




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