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Race On To Deliver RWC Match Ball

2019 Rugby World Cup logistics partner DHL Express Fiji yes­terday launched the nation­wide competition allowing one lucky Fijian child to deliver the official match ball at the RWC in Japan.
02 Feb 2019 10:10
Race On To Deliver RWC Match Ball
Standing from left: DHL Express country manager Mark Komene, 2015 RWC competition winner Manueli Rauqeuqe and Flying Fijians prop Eroni Mawi with students of St Marcellin Primary School in Vatuwaqa, Suva, on February 1,2019. Photo :Anasilini Natoga

2019 Rugby World Cup logistics partner DHL Express Fiji yes­terday launched the nation­wide competition allowing one lucky Fijian child to deliver the official match ball at the RWC in Japan.

The match ball will be delivered during Fiji Airways Flying Fijians last pool match against Wales at Oita Stadium on October 9.

The launch was held at St Mar­cellin Primary School, Vatuwaqa, Suva and also in attendance were Flying Fijians squad members Frank Lomani and Eroni Mawi.

The competition is open to chil­dren between 8 to 15 years of age, also includes two return flights to Japan, two tickets to the match, a DHL merchandise kit, two nights’ accommodation and a personal match ball delivery photo as a me­mento.

DHL Country manager Mark Komene said: “DHL is honoured to be able to offer this once in a life­time opportunity to a Fijian child.

“To be able to experience all the magic of a Rugby World Cup held in Japan, it will be an amazing ex­perience for a lucky Fijian child and their parents.”

2015 RWC match ball winner Ma­nueli Rauqueqe spoke about his experience and says: “It was an electrifying atmosphere at Twick­enham Stadium when I delivered the match ball in Fiji’s first pool match against England.

“To run onto the field in front of 82,000 crowd was amazing.

“I thought I was still dreaming and what amaze me was hearing the Fijian fans cheer not only to the team but to me as well.

“Looking back four years ago, it was really an exciting experience as a 13-year old.”

Rauqeuqe is a Year 12 student at Natabua High School in Lautoka.

Children who wish to enter must submit their entry in writing ex­plaining in 20 words or less why they should deliver the match ball.

Entry forms will be available in the newspapers and DHL Express Fiji Facebook page.

A shortlist of children will be in­vited for an interview where the overall winner will be announced. Entries open on February 1 and close on March 1.

Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback: anasilinir@fijisun.com.fj



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