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Supporters Wow Tenana, ‘Rasta’

Former Zealand 7s star player and tournament chief guest Karl Te Nana and South African IRB 7s series referee Fhatuwani Rasivhenge was overwhelmed by the Fijian support given during the
13 Nov 2014 07:40
Supporters Wow Tenana, ‘Rasta’
Chief guest Karl Tenana (left), defending champions Yamacia officials, and Fhatuwani Rasivhenge yesterday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Former Zealand 7s star player and tournament chief guest Karl Te Nana and South African IRB 7s series referee Fhatuwani Rasivhenge was overwhelmed by the Fijian support given during the unveiling of the 2014 Bayleys Fiji Coral Coast 7s tournament.

“Very humbling, usually when I came to Fiji during my playing days it was pretty hostile especially when you are the captain of the NZ team,” Tenana said.

“This is the home of sevens since I have been here and the atmosphere of the walk here today have been great as we feel very welcomed

“What I love and admire the most is the history of the sevens, they all know about who plays and who have played before.”

He admitted that he cannot wait longer to see the first kick off this morning.

“I am really looking forward to it as I have seen the national team as the young teams that have come through,” he said.

“There is no better way to take out the action as local players are looking forward to Dubai as well. There will be no easy running around.”

Tenana said he does not have the pick of the tournament but believed it will be an all Fiji finals come Saturday.

“You can flick a coin as in Fiji but I think Army is a good team as well and they made a final last year but I will draw a line here. I won’t pick a winner as the PNG national team is here with other clubs from NZ’s Ragatauwa coached by former NZ Matua Parkinson and hopefully they get alright it will be a surprise.

Meanwhile, Rasta shared similar sentiments and is geared to officiate today on Fiji’s home soil.

“I am looking forward to the tournament as I have heard a lot of great stories about so really excited for it,” Tenana said.

“With all the Fijians players like Semi Kunatani and the rest whom I cannot clearly pronounce their names but Red Rock will be a good to watch.”

The gate opens at 7.30am with the first match at 8.30am.

Feedback:  waisean@fijisun.com.fj

 


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