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‘Yes, Fiji Can Win’

Chris Cracknell says the Vodafone Fijian 7s team will produce positive results in the remaining legs of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Glasgow and London next month. Cracknell says
11 Apr 2015 08:23
‘Yes, Fiji Can Win’
Former England 7s rep Chris Cracknell with students of Suva Methodist Primary School yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci

Chris Cracknell says the Vodafone Fijian 7s team will produce positive results in the remaining legs of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Glasgow and London next month.

Cracknell says the team has the ability and quality players to deliver the outcome.

“Fiji had a tough game against England and South Africa in Hong Kong,” Cracknell said.

“But in Tokyo they just didn’t go over the line against South Africa in the Cup semifinal. The remaining series will be down to the wire against South Africa and New Zealand will be tough. And there is a tight race between England and Australia for the race to Rio Olympic Games.

“Fiji is a fantastic side and it’s good to see how they have come together as a team. And  as a former player, it’s actually fitness and team organisation that will matter in these two remaining legs.

“I think Fiji will go all the way, they will take on Glasgow first, build from there for London and they have players who can do it.”

The lanky Englishman says team captain Osea Kolinisau is a fantastic player who brings Fiji as a team together.

“Kolinisau has the ability to galvanised the team and bring it together. He makes everything work, he has been the best player and an outstanding leader

“I have played against Pio Tuwai in the past years, he’s fantastic. The difference about him is the ability to see things in his offloads. Seremaia Tuwai has been brilliant as well,” he added.

The 29-year-old is holidaying in Fiji and staying with Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan at Pacific Harbour.  This is Cracknell’s  first visit to Fiji  and he loves the atmosphere.

“Ben told me to come and see and how I think about Fiji. And it’s great to come here and experienced the different culture and it’s interesting to see how much rugby means to this nation.

“First time in Fiji, it’s amazing every day waking up to beautiful sunshine with a warm friendly atmosphere.”

He accompanied the Vodafone Fiji 7s team and Ryan to Suva Methodist Primary School yesterday for the introduction of the Road Safety cube programme.

“It’s unbelievable to see how much rugby means to Fijians as second religion. Ben has told me how much it means to everybody and how much this means to the kids.

“It’s amazing to see how much Ben and the players mean to the kids, it’s fantastic

“It’s great to see so much smiling faces around.”

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