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Jones To Students: Be Thankful

Jones To Students: Be Thankful
Second form left, From left; Eastern Zone Secondary Schools president Solomoni Seru, Sir Michael Jones and Biu Colati at Suva Grammar School on July 20, 2018. Photo: Karalaini Tavi
July 21
10:59 2018

Former All Blacks flanker Sir Michael Jones reminded students yesterday to be grateful with what they have.

Jones, who is currently in the country to fundraise for the Spinal Injury Association of Fiji (SIA), was the guest speaker at Suva Grammar School yesterday.

He took timeout to address John Wes­ley College, Queen Victoria School, Suva Grammar and Nasinu Secondary School rugby players.

“Each and every person has greatness in them,” Jones said.

“My family was part of that first migra­tion to New Zealand, I had an amazing mother, we didn’t have much financially we were very poor but I was rich because of the people in my life.

“I am so blessed.

“My mother always told me that it is great to have big dream and hold on to that dream.

“If you aim for the moon even if you don’t get there, you will be up in there in the stars.”

“When it is tough we start making excus­es. When the going gets tough, the tough gets going and it is all about perseverance.”

“It takes a village to raise a child and you boys are very blessed to have the entire vil­lage behind you.”

Fiji Team To Beat

Jones says Fiji will be a team to beat dur­ing the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco this weekend.

Jones said Fiji have elite players which sets them apart from the rest.

“It is going to be a great tournament be­cause I think being played in the USA adds something special and it will be a great platform to showcase rugby,” Jones said.

“Fijians have to be the favourites, people talk about South Africa but there is also a big Fijian community in San Francisco as well too.

“The addition of Semi Radradra and Josua Tuisova will add to the already enor­mous strength and potential of that is al­ready in the team.

“I think they will be hard to beat and the winner will be based on the mental fit­ness.”

2019 Rugby World Cup

Jones commended Fiji Airways Flying Fijians team for their performance and progress.

“I have been very impressed with the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians currently ranked 9th in the world,” Jones said.

“They got the players and the ingredients to be the dark horse for the world cup next year.

“Fiji Rugby is in a healthy position.”

Edited by Osea Bola


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