Pleasant Surprise For Nuku Family

  It was a case of being in the right place at the right time for the Nuku family. This was after they met the Vodafone Fijian 7s reps in
13 May 2016 13:15
Pleasant Surprise For Nuku Family


It was a case of being in the right place at the right time for the Nuku family.

This was after they met the Vodafone Fijian 7s reps in London last week.

Samuela Nuku hails from Vaturua Village, Nakelo, Tailevu while his wife Lana is from Kuladrusi Estate in Savusavu and have been living in the United Kingdom for nine years with their five children.

Lana was at London’s Heathrow Airport to meet her brother-in-law, a member of the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces Brass Band who will be taking part at the Queen’s birthday celebration

“We first met coach Ben Ryan at London Heathrow Terminal 4 as he was there with skills coach Chris Cracknell waiting for the team to arrive,” Lana said.

“My children had a good time with Ryan who is such a lovely man, very patient with my girls as they fired him with questions.

“My third child went up to him and said “Are your glasses new?” He told her not really he’d been wearing glasses for some time and then she said, “Oh! I never knew that” and he just laughed.

“Annabelle told him, she’d seen him on television when her dad watches rugby and he asked what she was learning in school.

“She told him she was learning about the great fire in London.

“She told him “I’m Fijian” and he said he knew and that he had come from Fiji, he was speaking to the kids in Fijian asking if they knew Fijian words like kerekere or vinaka.”

Meeting the players brought a familiar reminder of home.

Lana said the last time the Nuku family came to Fiji was in 2010 for Christmas.

“I was super excited to meet the team, it was absolutely amazing,” she said.

“We’ve been cheering like crazy all their past games seeing them on television and then finally meeting them for the first time was incredible.

“What caught me was how down to earth they all were, full of smiles and it was so humbling, and it made me feel homesick.

“It was fantastic meeting the team before their games in Europe.

“It was our pleasure wishing them all the best with their games in Paris and then London in person.

“Ben Ryan and our Fijian 7s guys are such wonderful people, we are behind them all the way and I know that the crew back home as well as every Fijian in the United Kingdom will be cheering their hearts out for this magnificent team; bring on the games.”

Fijian support in London

The Vodafone Fijian 7s team will have the full force of the Fijians living in England in the last leg of the World Sevens Series which will be taken to London.

Lana said the Fijian community would be going in numbers to support our 7s players at the London 7s.

“Our Warminster Fijian community and the ones closer to our area, Larkhill, Tidworth and Bulford  ommunities are all going,” she said.

“Fiji’s 8th man is big here, Ben and the boys have tons of supporters, everyone’s looking forward to it and I’m pretty sure you will definitely hear beautiful Fijian singing on the television like last year.

“Saturday tickets are sold out as there is a big group coming from Stoke and other areas in the United Kingdom to watch the game.

“There are Tee-shirts being done, hoodies and the whole shabang! It’s a big thing; there is so much pride here for Ben, the boys and off course our Fiji.”

Edited by Osea Bola



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