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Webb Ellis Departs Fiji

Rugby greatest prize, the William Webb Ellis Cub departed Fiji shores for Hong Kong and China, yesterday. Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou said it was once again a
23 May 2018 10:00
Webb Ellis Departs Fiji
The Webb Ellis cup in Marist Brothers High School. Photo: Anasilini Ratuva

Rugby greatest prize, the William Webb Ellis Cub departed Fiji shores for Hong Kong and China, yesterday.

Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou said it was once again a defining moment in Fiji’s sporting history.

“Rugby is a fundamental and integral part of Fijian society, rugby is our national sport,” Tuitubou said.

“In some countries, Sevens is a sport; in Fiji, it’s a way of life. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. In our towns, villages, settlements, and cities, in our schools, in our parks, on our beaches, rugby is simply part of the fabric of our society, part of who we are as a nation.

“The 2019 Rugby World Cup theme of “unity” is universal and cherished in Fiji. We are committed to creating a modern, inclusive Fiji that fights to protect, respect and realise human rights, and we firmly believe that everyone is entitled to live with dignity,” he said.

Tuitubou said the power of the Rugby World Cup brings people of different nations and cultures together to celebrate commonality, humanity and diversity.

“I wish the 2019 Rugby World Cup great success and the Webb Ellis touring party all the best in their journey ahead. May the Rugby World Cup leave an everlasting positive vibe amongst all participating nation,” he said.

Ambassador of Japan H.E Masahiro Omura said for many Fijians to see the Webb Ellis Cup for the first time was a dream comes true.

“For a Fijian rugby fan, this occasion would be like a dream come true, as they get to see the Webb Ellis Cup, which is the most coveted prize in World Rugby, and also be able to meet their rugby icons,” he said.

During its visit to Fiji the Webb Ellis Cup was taken to Fiji Rugby Union Headquarters, Marist Brothers High School, Ratu Kadavulevu School, Tavarua Island, Sigatoka sand dunes and engaged in local communities and village visits.

The Rugby World Cup will be held on September 20 to November 2, 2019.

Edited by  Anasilini Ratuva

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