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In Battle Mode

  The 2016 ANZ Ratu Sukuna Bowl Challenge was launched at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Suva yesterday. The annual challenge on November 24 will be a chance for the
27 Oct 2016 14:43
In Battle Mode
From left:Vodafone Fiji chief marketing officer Rajnesh Prasad,Setafano Somoca,RFMF Chief of Staff,Colonel Litea Seruiratu,Assistant Commissioner Police (ACP) Rusiate Tudravu,Inia Tukere, ANZ Head of Retail banking Fiji Joanne Stewart,Total Fiji Markerting Manager Ragini Kalyani at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

 

The 2016 ANZ Ratu Sukuna Bowl Challenge was launched at the Queen Elizabeth Barracks in Suva yesterday.

The annual challenge on November 24 will be a chance for the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) to win back the bowl.

And RFMF Chief of Staff Colonel Litea Seruiratu issued the challenge to the Fiji Police Force saying they will bring the trophy back to Delainabua.

“We all understand that rugby, like any other sport is a physical sport,”she said.

“For us in the military it is a sport which is closest to combat where we strategise in the war room before we adorn appropriate battle dresses to position ourselves ready for war.

“Our victory is determined by the amount of territory we gain and how well we outmanoeuvre our opponents.

“It involves a lot of strength both physically and mentally, while at the same time, fitness, agility and smart strategy are the requirements for our success.

“Our team will be victorious in working together as a team because teamwork makes our dream work.

“We will fight for every inch and we will never take anything for granted.

“To us, failure is not an option, we will play smart and play fair to give our families, sponsors, supporters and those who love rugby, the best that we can offer.

“We respect our opponents but we do not fear them, let us remind you all of a well-known bible verse found in Micah 7; 8: “Do not gloat or do not rejoice over me my enemies for though I fall, I will rise again. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.”

“We will never give up, we will never back down and lose faith, we have confidence in our team and we will not cast away easily, the confidence that we have in them.

“That trophy is coming back to Delainabua to be perched on that hill where everyone will clearly witness its glamour.

“It will be done by our team because we have one dream, we are out to fulfil that dream and we are ready.”

Fiji Police Force Chief of Operations ACP Rusiate Tudravu accepted the challenge on behalf of the Commissioner of Police as defending champions, said they know who they are going up against but with their underdog status, they are confident they will come out victorious.

“The Fiji Police Force is approaching the 2016 challenge as an underdog which has already been stated by the Commissioner of Police,” ACP Tudravu said.

“They are the champions of the World Defence Rugby competition and the Escott Shield.

“We will be the underdog more like David vs Goliath.

“But when the sun sets on November 24, the winner will be David.”

The Fiji Police Force won the trophy beating RFMF 25-17 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva last year.

Edited by Osea Bola

 

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