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Rugby was the winner during the Fiji Sports Hall of Fame and Olympic Order dinner at the Sofitel Resort and Spa in Nadi last night. Inducted into the Hall of
01 Apr 2017 10:32
Top Honours
Family members of Hall of Fame inductee Josaia Voreqe. From left: Rubyanne Sorovaki, Sale Sorovaki, Emi Bainimarama, Meleti Bainimarama, Mary Bainimarama and Litiana Loabuka at the Sofitel Resort and Spa, Nadi last night. Photo: Anasilini Ratuva

Rugby was the winner during the Fiji Sports Hall of Fame and Olympic Order dinner at the Sofitel Resort and Spa in Nadi last night.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame are:

Team Fiji men’s rugby sevens team for winning the country’s first Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil last year. The Osea Kolinisau-captained side beat Great Britain 43-7 at the Deodoro Stadium to claim the gold medal.

Josaia Voreqe, a utility back and a member of the 1939 Fijian rugby team that toured New Zealand.

They won seven matches and drew one, a record that still stands today. Voreqe was at wing during the tour and played seven matches where he scored seven tries.

During their last match they outclassed the Maoris and the Waikato Times called it ‘the most brilliant exhibition of football seen in Hamilton for many years. Almost uncanny in handling the ball, lightning in the pace of their sprinting, relentless in their dive tackling…and all the time pursuing methods of bright, open football, the Fijians gave a sparkling display and thrilled the large crowd. Fiji is destined to play a big part in world rugby.’

After World War Two, in 1947, Voreqe played fullback for Fiji when they beat Tonga 19-9 in Suva. Voreqe scored one of the five tries.

He is the uncle of Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama.

Also, acknowledged for the Olympic gold medal win was former Team Fiji men’s rugby sevens coach Ben Ryan when he get the Fiji Olympic Order along with veteran sports administrator, Filimoni Vuli Waqa.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback:  anasilinir@fijisun.com.fj



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