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‘Quins Help

And they’re doing it with the help of the Abu Dhabi Harlequins Rugby Club. The Vodafone Fiji 7s team departs on Thursday via Brisbane and are scheduled to arrive at
24 Nov 2014 12:17
‘Quins Help
Members of the Vodafone Fiji 7s squad and their coach Ben Ryan with young Isoa Macu and his mother at the Navua Hospital last week. The squad visited the hospital as part of their programme to meet members of the public. Macu is a patient. Photo: Ben Ryan

And they’re doing it with the help of the Abu Dhabi Harlequins Rugby Club.

The Vodafone Fiji 7s team departs on Thursday via Brisbane and are scheduled to arrive at the United Arab Emirates on Friday. Fiji will defend the Dubai 7s at the 7he Sevens on December 5-6.
Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan yesterday revealed the relationship the national 7s team shared with the club.

“I’ve been to the United Arab Emirates a few times and get to know the Abu Dhabi Harlequins RC chairman, Andrew Cole,”Ryan said.

“He’s an Englishman and we became friends and he helped in accommodating the team last year.

“But of course it was also through the assistance of the Fijian Embassy in Abu Dhabi that we were able to establish a relationship with them and that was a huge part in our arrangement with the Harlequins.

“Taking into consideration the time and climatic differences, it’s so important for us to get to the venue sooner.

“This is to allow the boys have time to settle in, adapt to the time and weather and get their act together in ample time before the games begin.

“So they’ve been gracious enough to host us and pay for our accommodation since the time frame falls outside of when the World Rugby starts paying for teams’ accommodation.

“They let us use their grounds for training and in return, we coach their children.

“So it’s really a relationship that’s grown from a friendship with the chairman and with the assistance of the Fiji Embassy. We did that with them last year and when we go again this year we’ll coach their kids again.”

The Abu Dhabi Harlequins competes in the Gulf Top 6 in rugby and the Emirates Rugby League competition

Meeting the people
Vodafone Fiji 7s team took time out to visit patients and staff at the Navua Hospital last week.

Team manager Paula Biu confirmed it was part of their duty as a national side to meet the people.

“That was part of our community outreach for this leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series. It’s good for the team to visit the public to show our appreciation for their support.

“It was a pleasure meeting young Isoa Macu who been admitted for the last three days. We had our tour around the new hospital with Dr Sailosi Soqo. We thank the management and staff of Navua Hospital for allowing us to visit them.”

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