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We Have Your Back: Fijian Canadians

We Have Your Back: Fijian Canadians
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s rep Eroni Sau on the attack against France during the USA 7s. Photo: World Rugby
March 08
11:00 2018

 

Fiji 7s team can depend on the raucous Fijians for support during the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Vancouver Sevens.

A S1 Media poll conducted on Tuesday, days before the start of the Vancouver Sevens revealed that a staggering 90 percent commit their unwavering show of support to the team.

When asked if their opinion is based on past laurels, majority of the responders said records had nothing to do with them backing the team.

They said it’s all about being loyal and that it comes with absolutely no strings attached.

The remaining 10 percent said they except the team to up its game as there were areas that needed improvement.

They said the 19-7 semi-final loss to USA was painful, but nothing will come in the way of hearty support.

A similar poll was conducted in December of 2017, and overwhelming 95 percent of the responders voiced against supporting the team after its anemic Dubai, South Africa and Sydney Sevens run.

And off that 95 percent, a good 70 percent had indicated they would take a pass on Vancouver Sevens altogether.

But following the Hamilton Sevens win, the very fans have jumped on the wagon as the latest poll shows a rejuvenated show of support and one the team could use to its advantage to win the Vancouver Sevens, its first in the third year running of the event.

 

Canadian Fijian’s best known for rugby

Ask any Fijian what they’re best known for in Vancouver and words are not the sun, sand and the sea but you guessed it, sevens rugby.

The sport that has been passed on generations and played with a passion hit its pinnacle after Fiji 7s Olympic Gold medal win in Rio, Brazil.

It brings people of all ethnicity together that have a common national interest under the sport.

Fijians couldn’t agree more with the cool affirmation as their former county is not only a rugby nation but how out of poor and poverty breeds great rugby players year in and out.

Kitione Veimou, a Surrey resident said mention Fijian and people attach you with rugby.

“We Fijians are best in Vancouver for our rugby, the reception gets even better with just a little hint of the Rio Olympic gold, on the back of it all, it’s some feeling”, said Veimou with a smirk.

Veimou said following Fiji’s historical Olympic gold medal win people in Vancouver have some bragging rights and rightly so rugby is what have Fijians singing the praise and something to talk about.

Samsher Ali, a trucker has been a Fiji 7s fan for over four decades, says he wouldn’t argue the fact that there was a time when Fiji was known for the sun, sand and the sea and its friendly people added, following the Olympic Games gold, rugby is what has given Fijians a complete new recognition.

“We love it”, he said “I guess I’d rather be known for rugby than football, rugby is the sport for all Fijians world over, after all it’s what we’re have known for”.

Ali said rugby is the sport that bring fans of all age and every ethnic denomination together and the diverse of it is visible during the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and Vancouver Sevens is no less.

“Fijians show their adulation to their former countrymen while embracing one another in arms, singing and dancing away to the tune ‘go Fiji go’, and or toso viti toso”, he said.

Ali said Fijian fans just can’t wait to see Fiji take to the BC. Place Stadium in what many believe is Fiji’s tournament to lose.

“Fiji was asleep at the switch against USA in Cup- quarterfinal that’s all. The guys will come around during the Vancouver Sevens and will win it for Fijians world-over”.

Fiji plays their first match against Spain on Sunday 6:36am, second game against France at 10:08am and their final pool match against Kenya at 1:40pm( Fiji time)

 Edited by  Anasilini  Ratuva

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