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Big Reception for 7s Heroes

It was the first time the Vodafone Fijian 7s full squad travelled  to the North. And they were received with nothing short of a fitting and a big reception at
11 Nov 2015 08:30
Big Reception  for 7s Heroes
Vodafone Fijian 7s team players Nemani Nagusa (left) Donasio Ratubuli and Sakiusa Gavidi conducting rugby clinic with the students of Seaqaqa Primary School outside Labasa Town yesterday. Photo:SHRATIKA NAIDU

It was the first time the Vodafone Fijian 7s full squad travelled  to the North. And they were received with nothing short of a fitting and a big reception at Seaqaqa Primary School yesterday.

The rain did not deter students, teachers and people of Seaqaqa from meeting the 26-member training squad who conducted coaching clinic to the students.

Vodafone Fijian 7s head coach Ben Ryan said: “This is the first time the 26 professional players with the management travelled together to Vanua Levu to meet the fans.

“I am glad that people get to see their heroes and provide encouragement and appreciation. I am overwhelmed by the gesture and reception provided by the Friendly North,” Ryan said.

The head coach has also stated that the announcement of the 16 players at the end of the Nukubati Resort Macuata Provincial Youth 7s tournament this weekend will be tough.

“As for the players this is a very crucial time as they are aware that the announcement of the 16 players will be made at end of the tournament.

“Players are available but it does not mean they have a chance and I will pick based on their reputation.

“Selection of players would be tough because they are all professional and talented. We have got three new players in the camp who have been putting so much pressure on the other players.”

 

Katonibau emotional

Isake Katonibau said: “I was shocked and emotionally moved by their die-hard love for me and the team.

“It is an honour to meet the students and when I saw them, memories of old young school days flashed back in my mind. I don’t want to hurt any children or see them returning home crying, that is why I spent long hours with them giving my autograph and sharing words of encouragement to them,” Katonibau said.

Captain Osea Kolinisau was thrilled to have the team visit Macuata.

“I have maternal links to Macuata and seeing my people have the opportunity to meet our players was like a dream come dream.

“As we all know the people in Viti Levu often get the privilege to see our games and meet us for an autograph but as for the Northern Division as a whole they have been neglected.

“I am glad the management and our sponsors were able to make this visit possible.” Kolinisau said.

Feedback:  shratikan@fijisun.com.fj

 



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