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Fiji Rugby Union Joins Support For Captive Fijian Soldiers

The Fiji Rugby Union has joined in the solidarity support towards the 45 Fijian soldiers held in captivity by the al-Qaida affiliated group al-Nusra. A delegation led by the FRU
09 Sep 2014 11:08
Fiji Rugby Union Joins Support For Captive Fijian Soldiers
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The Fiji Rugby Union has joined in the solidarity support towards the 45 Fijian soldiers held in captivity by the al-Qaida affiliated group al-Nusra.

A delegation led by the FRU Board Chairman Mr Filimoni Waqabaca visited Brigadier  General Mosese Tikoitoga at the RFMF Strategic Headquarters in Suva last Friday.

The delegation also presented Brigadier  General  Tikoitoga with a framed photograph of three (3) former rugby greats and also war veterans.

The three served their country and people with distinction and pride. They served in the military together and saw active service in the Malayan Campaign during the period 1952 to 1956.

In sports they were heroes in rugby and yester year. They represented Fiji in their rugby playing days during the 50s and 60s.

Samuela Domoni (Wing, father and namesake of the former national coach), Jese Mucunabitu (well known for his flying pass to the opposite direction from behind the scrum), Jo Levula (famous for his speed and long stride at wing).

The framed picture shows the veterans dressed up in their Military No.1 uniform holding a 303 Mark 1 rifle – ready for ceremonial parade.

“All FRU sanctioned tournaments will include a “Moment of Solidarity” in solitude and prayer for the 45 Fijian soldiers until their release,” said FRU CEO Mr Radrodro Tabualevu.

In addition the FRU has called on Fiji to join in song at 10.00am every Friday (until the release of the soldiers) to sing the popular military anthem “Noqu viavia ni Buca”.

The Nusra Front abducted the Fijian soldiers two weeks ago and is holding them at an unknown location.  The RFMF has since received rallying support from organisations, groups and churches Fiji wide to pray for the groups safety and release.

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