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‘Letters To The Editor’: Rugby firsts

If we achieve the objective, well and good. If we don’t, it is not because we did not try, we gave it our very best.
21 Sep 2023 08:20
‘Letters To The Editor’: Rugby firsts
Flying Fijian Lekima Tagitagivalu looks on after their Rugby World Cup 22 – 15 win over Australia.

2023. The very first time a Fijian Super Rugby franchise, the ‘Fijian Drua’, reached the quarterfinals in only its second year of Super Rugby.

Then, the very first time a Fijian rugby team defeats the English Rose at its most hallowed turf on Twickenham.

And after 69 years, the very same team defeats the mighty Wallabies at the Rugby World Cup 2023 in Saint Etienne, France. Congratulations on the deserved wins.

Flashback to 2019, the Paris 7s, wherein a rugby commentator mentioned, enthralled in his awe of the way Fiji was playing on its way to victory, that the Fiji 7s team was playing sevens rugby at “Jedi level!”

One or two of those players are in the current ‘FIJI Water Flying Fijians’ rugby 15s team at the RWC 2023 and most probably have had their Jedi abilities rub-off on the rest of the team.

As the team continues to play sublime 15s rugby, the rugby world has woken up to the fact that Fiji has thrown out the window, the rugby tier strata.

As our FIJI Water Flying Fijians rugby team and coaching panel stay grounded and have as their objective, a finals placing and win the Rugby World Cup 2023.

This would be the ultimate first and a grand year for Fijian rugby! This is the only objective.

If we achieve the objective, well and good. If we don’t, it is not because we did not try, we gave it our very best.

Continue with the game plan and substitute players early in the second half. You are replacing platinum players with other platinum players. Vuka Viti, vuka!

 

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