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Letter To The Editor, 12 October, 2015

Rugby forward play Pranil Ram, Nadi All the rugby loving public of Fiji are indeed thankful to Fiji Rugby Union and all the stakeholders of rugby in Fiji as their
12 Oct 2015 10:00
Letter To The Editor, 12 October, 2015

Rugby forward play

Pranil Ram, Nadi

All the rugby loving public of Fiji are indeed thankful to Fiji Rugby Union and all the stakeholders of rugby in Fiji as their efforts were clearly seen translated on the pitch.

We have indeed performed very well. Even the coach of a Tier One nation has admitted that if had Fiji not been in the ‘pool of death’ surely Fiji would have qualified for the quarterfinals.

We did play to our strengths and to our best and the scores were a testimony of it. We definitely are no longer a walkover for other teams.

The three Tier One teams we played have fielded their best team as they were very much aware what threat the Vodafone Flying Fijians posed.

I strongly believe all this has been possible because a good number of our players ply their trade in top competitions overseas.

We had and have a backline that could possibly match any team in the world. As we have always seen our forward play has led to our downfall on many occasions.

However, we have grown by leaps and bounds in this area.

I believe that it is perhaps time to translate this culture of forward play into our local scene.

As I move around the country visiting places I usually see villagers and locals playing either touch rugby or sevens rugby. I have never seen anybody scrummaging or trying a scrum machine. You could vouch for your own selves.

Our local ruggers definitely need to step up their game to bring in them a culture of forward play. I strongly urge FRU through its member unions to invest more in improving rugby through forward play.

 

President nominee

Tukai Lagonilakeba,

Nadi

His early Cadet upbringing at Natabua High School in Lautoka will have contributed much to his many personal life achievement’s and success stories.

Congratulations Mr Konrote. Those who know you will not be surprised at all. The Natabua Family are all extremely proud of you especially with this year’s students who were all part of the ‘Mother of all Cadet Parades’ where 1265 students who took part and you were the chief guest.

It would be ideal if Mahendra Reddy, our Minister for Education, can also make Cadet training compulsory from primary to secondary schools similar to scouting and girl guides from next year. It instills discipline, molds a good character in a child and contributes in many ways to their future personal developments.

Look at what Cadetship had contributed to the success of Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, Ratu Voreqe Bainimarama, Jioji Konrote, Timoci Natuva and many other great Fijian men and women who had gone through the Cadet Corp and are role models to our current crop of young Fijian generation.

The numbers in Parliament have already protected the safe passage of Konrote’s ascending to the White House at Nasese.

It is a very wise decision by the FijiFirst Government.

Thank you, Rotuma.

 

Scouting

Christopher Griffin,
Rakiraki

Lord Rowallan, former Chief Scout of the Commonwealth, wrote: “When scouting has failed it has been because we have departed from the Patrol Systems and have failed to trust the boys because we have made our Scouting too nearly a school subject and not a life of joyous adventure”.

Compulsory scouting smacks of authoritarianism and is anathema to what the UK’s Chief Scout and TV star, Bear Grylls, represents: adventure, survival-skills, independence, risk-taking, and civic responsibility. It will also force already stressed-out teachers (who have been compelled to drop weekly Red Cross, Girl Guides, and Scout activities, because of exam-intensity) into becoming reluctant scout leaders.




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