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Our Deaf Ruggers Shine

The team manager of Fijian Totokia commented after they drew with Samoa 5-5 in the opening match of the Oceania Deaf 7s competition at the ANZ Stadium yesterday.
08 Nov 2019 11:35
Our Deaf Ruggers Shine
Fijian Totokia rugby team during the Oceania 7s Championship at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on November 7, 2019. Photo: Grace Narayan

Disability should not be a disadvantage if players are united and dedicated, says Tevita Rokoqiqi.

The team manager of Fijian Totokia commented after they drew with Samoa 5-5 in the opening match of the Oceania Deaf 7s competition at the ANZ Stadium yesterday.

The second Fijian men’s deaf 7s team Fijian NaiUla beat Papua New Guinea 27-17.

Roqiqi said despite communication being a challenge, the first match performance was a great boost for them.

“I am really happy with the performance in the opening game, however I still feel there’s still room for improvement,” Rokoqiqi said

“I joined this team recently and they are well organised, disciplined and they follow instructions.

“We are now focused on winning our next two pool matches to qualify to the next level.

“However, the only major challenge we had experienced at the beginning was trying to understand the language. But slowly the communication became easier for us.

“But what matters the most is the unity and commitment to progress.

“We hope to continue with our winning performance and win the Oceania Deaf 7s title.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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