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7s Battle Cry

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday rallied all Fijians to unite and back the Vodafone Fijian 7s team in Hong Kong this weekend. “This is the time that we need to
25 Mar 2015 10:51
7s Battle Cry

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday rallied all Fijians to unite and back the Vodafone Fijian 7s team in Hong Kong this weekend.

“This is the time that we need to show how patriotic we are as Fijians. We need to show our true colour,” he said in Nadi.

“The national side needs our support.”

His call came on the same day, as world sevens icon Waisale Serevi was named in the Magnificent 7, comprising the greatest players in the 40 years of the HK spectacle (see details on page 38).

The Serevi factor is a timely morale booster for our 7s heroes. He will also be on the

sidelines cheering for them.

This is a crucial tournament. It will decide the future of coach Ben Ryan’s and his men’s campaign to qualify for next year’s Rio Olympics. The top four nations at the end of this circuit will automatically qualify.

The others will go through a series of play-offs. Right now, Fiji sits in third place with 86 behind New Zealand 88 and South Africa 93. Australia is on 68. Hong Kong is referred to as the 7s Holy Grail for a good reason. Not only it is the birthplace of this competition, it offers the 22 points for the Cup winner.

That was why we need to support coach Ben Ryan and his reps, said Mr Bainimarama. He recognises that Ryan is a great coach and he has a crop of great players. Fiji’s opening match is against Samoa at 12.44am on Saturday.

 




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