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Vodafone Fijian 7s team captain Osea Kolinisau is happy with the new players in the team for the Oceania 7s which starts tomorrow at the ANZ Stadium, Suva. “Some of
10 Nov 2016 11:00
Time To Shine
Vodafone Fiji seven's team captain Osea Kolinisau with students of Hilton special school during the Vodafone Fiji seven's team visit yesterday.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

Vodafone Fijian 7s team captain Osea Kolinisau is happy with the new players in the team for the Oceania 7s which starts tomorrow at the ANZ Stadium, Suva.

“Some of them are really young and eager to learn,” Kolinisau said.

“They have a lot of spirit to work hard and it is really nice. We’re working hard to pass on our knowledge to them.”

Being one of the most experienced players on the team, Kolinisau said the tournament will be a platform for the new boys to showcase, not only to the management, but to the people of Fiji what they are capable of and why they deserved to be in the team.

“Most of the boys will be playing for Fiji for the first time,” he said.

“I’ve got asked a lot of questions by the boys asking me about Rio and how was it different to this.

“I told them they get to experience how it feels to represent their country, especially playing in front of the home crowd.

“I hope the new boys come out of their shells this weekend and show the public what they can do.”

The toughest opponent in the tournament is defending champions Australia who thumped Tonga 50-0 in the finals last year.

Despite the challenge that the Aussies will bring, Kolinisau has reminded the team to do what they do best.

“Australia’s always a professional side, they are very consistent and they have sent a young team to the Oceania 7s,” Kolinisau said.

“We know Australia are the defending champions and we want to win too on the weekend and the boys know what to do.

“I hope we have our game plan fixed by the time we go up against them.”

 

Hilton Special School visit

Meanwhile, the Fiji 7s team took time out of their busy schedule to visit the kids at Hilton Special School yesterday.

Kolinisau said the visit was special because it reminded him and the boys about what is really important in life.

“Coming to visit the kids at the Hilton Special School is always an inspiration and a privilege to be with them because they are always happy and that is what we love looking at,” he said.

“I always tell the boys that when we come to places like this, it will lift you up and inspire you because despite their disability they still carry a smile on their face.

“So when I come here it opens my eyes to be happy with what I have in comparison to what they have and it teaches me a lesson that I need to be happy in whatever I have.”

The Oceania 7s tournament will start tomorrow at the ANZ Stadium, Suva.

 Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback:  justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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