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Rigamoto: We’ll Give Our All

The Fiji Bitter National Fire Authority (NFA) rugby players are planning to give their all in tomorrow night’s RC Manubhai Suva Rugby Union Escott Shield grand final against Police Blues.
02 Oct 2014 12:55
Rigamoto: We’ll Give Our All

The Fiji Bitter National Fire Authority (NFA) rugby players are planning to give their all in tomorrow night’s RC Manubhai Suva Rugby Union Escott Shield grand final against Police Blues.

NFA captain Epenisi Rigamoto said yesterday this is the first time for them to reach the final.

“We have been in the competition for the past five years- two years playing for the Koroturaga Cup and three years in the Escott Shield competition- so this is a major achievement,” he said.

“For the past two years we reached the quarterfinals. This is the first time for us to reach the final. The boys have blended in well and we are enjoying the training.”

“During the season, some of our players were training with the Suva team. Almost 20 of them, so when these players were with Suva there was a lack of players in our squad so we had to make use of who was available for our weekly games.” he said.

Rigamoto said they are going to make use of every opportunity that comes their way in the final.

“We will take things step-by-step. We respect Police as they are one of the oldest clubs in Suva. Police have won the shield before and they are the defending champions.

“What I have told the boys is to take the first half and we will work from there.”

The 38-year-old Oinafa native from Rotuma will lead his team for the final time tomorrow night.

He has won the Escott Shield four times while playing for Lomaiviti.

“Like the Ranfurly Shield of New Zealand- the Escott Shield is among the historical rugby silverware in the world .

“It is a special moment when you hold the Escott Shield. I am thankful to the Lord for giving me the opportunity to win the Escott Shield four times.

“As a rugby player you can win many rugby trophies, but winning the Escott Shield is the pinnacle thing for any Fijian player.

“It is the 101-year-old rugby silverware, passed on from great players of Fijian rugby and I am so proud to accomplish this in my rugby career by winning the Escott Shield.”

The 38-year-old forward wants to bid his final farewell to his long astonishing rugby career in the proud history of the Escott Shield.

“Winning the Escott Shield against Police Blues will be a huge task as they are favourites.

“Nothing is impossible They (Police Blues) will be a different side in the final.” He is dedicating the final to his family, especially, his son and fellow firefighters.

“We have dedicated firefighters in the team who have done a lot of sacrifice to reach this far. During the day, the players have to juggle their work and rugby career and with the blessing of the Almighty God and support of NFA management we were able to go through all the challenges.

“We need the prayers and the support of our fans to help us achieve our aim,” he said.

Kick-off time is 7.30pm

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