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Why Green?

The Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) cleared the air yesterday on rumours surrounding the Vodafone Flying Fijians’ outfit during their   welcome ceremony at Hampton Court Palace, London, on Thursday. The jolly
12 Sep 2015 10:24
Why Green?
The Flying Fijians at the Hampton Court Palace.Photo: Zimbio

The Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) cleared the air yesterday on rumours surrounding the Vodafone Flying Fijians’ outfit during their   welcome ceremony at Hampton Court Palace, London, on Thursday.

The jolly green trousers worn by the players stirred the hearts of many fans both here and abroad. The green captured the attention of locals and international media yesterday.

On social media some associated green with Ireland, post St Patrick’s Day celebrations, the green, green grass of home and even the Islamic faith.

But many supported the team. Some said the green was unique, trendy and different – even though it was not a combination of the usual black, white or blue.

In a statement, the Fiji Rugby Union said it was in support of World Rugby’s campaign with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to raise funds and awareness as part of their Tackle Hunger partnership at Rugby World Cup 2015 in England.

The focus is to raise funds for WFP to provide meals to school children in developing countries.

“This topic is closely tied to the environment which is now under severe pressure from climate change, so a very visual green trousers in an international platform like the RWC is a novel way to remind that the environment and climate change is very real and immediate phenomena for Fiji and the Pacific,” the statement said.

“The green is also representative of the changing mindset in the FRU, green represent growth, a growing conviction, buoyed by the  performance of the 7s team that we  too can be world champions in the full version of the game.”

Captain Akapusi Qera said: “We did not know that we will wear this. It was made in France and we got a shock when we were told to wear them, but it’s good.”

The players lived up to their billing as the great entertainers of world rugby, but this time off the field as they serenaded delighted tourists with a hymn (This is my Prayer) outside one of Britain’s most historic palaces.

Qera, Nadolo confident

Qera meanwhile, maintained they could beat England if they played their A game next Saturday morning at 7am (Fiji time)

“We are not here to make the numbers, we have been training hard and if we play our A game we will be able to beat England,” he said.

Crusaders’ rocket Nemani Nadolo  reckoned the ceremony had been “very emotional”, saying that when he heard the Thurstable School youngsters’ magnificent rendition of “World in Union”, it took his mind back to when he was a kid listening to that song as the World Cup theme.

“And when they showed those films in the ceremony of previous World Cups, including some of the great Fijian performances at those, the excitement really kicked in. We’re very much looking forward to it all now.”

Those moments have psyched up the Flying Fijian in him in readiness for England next week.

“We can shock the world. We’ve done everything we possibly could to be here and hopefully we can put some smiles on people’s faces and have fun. Plain and simple, we didn’t come here to lose. We’ve worked really hard as a side,” Nadolo said.

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