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7s Stars’ Wives Tell

Wives of some of our Fiji Airways Fijian 7s rugby stars have candidly spoken for the first time of their highs and lows in the country’s most popular sport. As
18 Jun 2018 10:00
7s Stars’ Wives Tell
From left: Elenoa Viriviri, Makereta Ravouvou, Kini Nasoko and Luisa Sau on South Sea Island. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Wives of some of our Fiji Airways Fijian 7s rugby stars have candidly spoken for the first time of their highs and lows in the country’s most popular sport.

As fans continue to engage in the debate over what went wrong in Paris, the wives go into recovery mode.

There’s one thing they have in common – they will stand by their husbands – win or lose. They have no illusion about their role.

Elenoa Viriviri said: “To be the wife of a Fiji Airways Fijian 7s player is a tough one.”

The wife of Olympian and 2014 World Rugby Sevens Player of the Year added:

“Our role is really hard. As a wife we need to hold our family together and we need to be strong and stand by our husbands at all times. If we are weak our family falls apart.”

Similar sentiments were echoed by Kini, wife of forward, Kalione Nasoko.

She also said “when the team come together they become a family.”

“For us we’re now part of that rugby family. If something happens to any of the players we will all feel it as well. We rally around each other”

Spare a thought for the wives for the things they go through.

Some of the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s reps with their wives and children and South Sea Cruises Media Sales Executive Sanjeshni Nand at the South Sea Island during a day cruise sponsored by South Sea Cruises on June 15, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Some of the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s reps with their wives and children and South Sea Cruises Media Sales Executive Sanjeshni Nand at the South Sea Island during a day cruise sponsored by South Sea Cruises on June 15, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Olympian and playmaker Vatemo Ravouvou’s wife, Makereta, pointed out that when the team was criticised the wives bore the most pain. It could be excruciating at times but they had to learn to have a high pain threshold and to live under extreme pressure by the high public expectation.

“Sometimes our husband gets discouraged and is unhappy about comments that come from the media or even on social media,” she said.

“It’s time like this when everything falls back to us, the wives, as we are always there to encourage them and hold them firmly until they become stronger.”

The 2017/18 World Rugby Rookie of the Year Eroni Sau’s wife Luisa said they had a much important role to play.

“When our husbands are out, we play the part of mum and dad to our children,” she pointed out.

“When my husband is away, the children always ask me about their dad and I always tell them that he is out working.”

She said despite the many modes of communication that are there today what brings them closer is their daily prayers.

“That makes us close at heart. What they get back from the tour is what we always look forward to but what is important is that he has returned and our family is now complete.”

Vani Veremalua, wife of Jasa Veremalua, said she was always grateful to the support she received from the other players’ wives.

“I regard them as my sisters. We are always there to encourage and motivate ourselves on the role we play.

“Also we always push our husbands to be the best as they can be,  especially by allowing them to go and train and play for our beloved country,” she added as her husband Jasa was one of our heroes in the 2016 Olympic Games gold medal win in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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