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Reps Delight Suva Kaji

  The presence of Team Fiji national sevens rugby reps Semi Kunatani and Viliame Mata has boosted the morale of the Suva Kaji Rugby players as they gear up for
23 Jul 2016 15:51
Reps Delight Suva Kaji
Under-11 Best Player Sunia Ragede receives his prize from National 7s rep Viliame Mata, during the Suva Kaji Rugby Awards at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva last night. Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

 

The presence of Team Fiji national sevens rugby reps Semi Kunatani and Viliame Mata has boosted the morale of the Suva Kaji Rugby players as they gear up for the National Kaji competition in two weeks.

Kunatani and Mata were chief guests at the Suva Kaji Rugby awards night held at the FMF Gymnasium last night.

The Suva Kaji Rugby competition, which was held over the course of 13 weeks included 21 schools and over 1500 participants, came to an end last week.

With rugby being the dominant sport in the country and the recent achievements of the Fijian National 7s team, it is a dream for any Fijian to represent their country on the world stage.

Mata, who played for Assemblies of God Primary School, said he was not chosen to represent the Suva district in the Nationals, but he did not let that setback affect him.

“Whether you get chosen or not, to represent the Suva district, do not let that get you down. Work hard and God will do the rest,” Mata said.

“That is what I did and it has got me to where I am today. So work hard and give your best in whatever you do and focus on your dreams and make it a reality.”

Kunatani advised them that whatever they do, they need put in 100 per cent in order to achieve the best possible results.

“My advice to you young ones is that if you are going to do something, whether it is playing rugby or something else, you need to do it to the best of your ability,” he said.

“Don’t just do your best when people are looking, do your best when people are not looking and stay humble and listen to your parents; you will achieve great things.”

Meanwhile, Suva Kaji Rugby vice president Jiuta Wanibuli said it was a huge boost for the kids to have Mata and Kunatani praise them for their achievements.

“It is an honour to have the 7s players be here tonight. We initially invited Ben Ryan to come but with his schedule he could not make it so he allowed two of the players to come instead,” Wanibuli said.

“The speech from Mata was especially touching because it gives those kids hope, who have not been chosen to represent the Suva district.

“It lets these kids know that it is not about whether you get selected or not, it is about what you do after that, that matters; the hard work you put in.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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