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Slow death

Written By : Apenisa Naigulevu . Mr Begg (FS 29/12) is right that Fiji needs rugby competitions for the sake of our players. Yes, but I believe more so, for
02 Jan 2009 12:00

Written By : Apenisa Naigulevu . Mr Begg (FS 29/12) is right that Fiji needs rugby competitions for the sake of our players. Yes, but I believe more so, for the sake of Fiji; a rugby loving nation. This is important because it is the enthusiasm amongst rugby followers, (when it is burning) which gives life to the game. A drought of rugby competition means the rugby following will die a slow death and isn’t Fiji rugby slowly dying?
Rugby House needs to take corrective action NOW, if what Charlie Charters anticipated is to be diverted, that by the time we realise the problem, it would be too late. The Fijian idiom is, “Tou qai via vuki, sa bera”.
Rugby must learn from the experiences of other sports. One sport that had gone down this alleyway is cricket, which is now struggling to revive itself. Another is athletics which is buoyed by our teachers’ organisation through schools sports.
But, hey, these sports do not have the huge infrastructure that rugby has and this is the irony of it, isn’t it? Recently, we see well-known rugby proponents, virtually appealing to and begging Rugby House to take particular confidence boosting actions, to divert our transparent predicament; but alas only to misunderstanding ears, who shout back, “Don’t like us, vote us out at the next AGM”; which reinforces rather then allays our concerns.



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