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Accept Our Apology, Tuwai Pleads

“I know that everyone is disappointed with our performance but Fiji will rise again. I hope everyone will accept our apology."
12 Mar 2020 12:17
Accept Our Apology, Tuwai Pleads
Seremaia Tuwai with staff members of Tanoa International Hotel on March 11, 2020. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Seremaia Tuwai has apologised to the nation for the, Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team’s performance in the Los Angeles-Vancouver leg of the World Sevens Series.

The World Rugby 7s Player of 2019 arrived with the team yesterday. Losing 24-29 in the Cup final to South Africa in extra time in LA.

On Monday at BC Place in Vancouver, the team lost 14 -40 in the 5th place playoff to the United States.

“First I would like to thank the Lord on behalf of the boys and myself. I would like to apologise to the nation and fans for our  performance in LA and Vancouver,” he said during the Kombat Grassroot Rugby sponsorship at the Tanoa International Hotel yesterday.

“I know that everyone is disappointed with our performance but Fiji will rise again. I hope everyone will accept our apology.

During the event, Tuwai also unveiled the photo framed Fiji Rugby Union memorabilia jersey including jersey that he donned last year.

He was the first player ever to win Hong Kong 7s for five years in a row. He also presented a few jerseys designed by Kombat Rugby to assist the grassroot rugby programme.

“We are very thankful to what Kombat Rugby is doing and all the other sponsors who are supporting the boys in this manner,” he said.

He arrived from the morning LA flight alongside Josua Vakurinabuli, Waisea Nacuqu, and Sevuloni Mocenacagi with assistant coach Brad Harris, trainer Naca Cawanibuka and physio William Kwoong.

Tuwai wished not to reveal the full intention of a post on his Facebook account on Wednesday evening.

“Thank You Lord for Everything. Grateful and blessed. You can feel that the time is near when everything you have been doing all this year is coming to an end. Where you have to look the other way and try something new. Even if it hurts to go but its time to let go. Thankful for the brotherhood and for the support all these years. There is a time for everything and a reason for every activity under the heavens Ecclesiastes 3:11,” Tuwau post on Facebook.

Fiji Airways 7s rep Sevuloni Mocenacagi is flanked by fans Pooja Chand (left) and Kamrul Nisha (right) at the Nadi International Airport on March 11, 2020.  Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Fiji Airways 7s rep Sevuloni Mocenacagi is flanked by fans Pooja Chand (left) and Kamrul Nisha (right) at the Nadi International Airport on March 11, 2020.
Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Failing To Last

The second group arrived last night without Coach Gareth Baber who is attending a meeting in London.

Playmaker Napolioni Bolaca said they failed to last in the last two tournaments.

“We did not hit top gear in the last two tournaments. As for my performance, it was more of a team effort but i need to improve on my game,” he said.

Suliano Volivoli, who made his debut in Vancouver, said he needs more game time.

“It was a good break but I need more game time and I will work harder.”

Fiji is third with 83 points behind South Africa (104) and leader New Zealand (115).

The London-Paris leg is scheduled for May.

Fiji Airways 7s rep Waisea Nacuqu is flanked by fans Renuka Devi (left) and Inise Kalouarai (right) at the Nadi International Airport on March 11, 2020.  Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Fiji Airways 7s rep Waisea Nacuqu is flanked by fans Renuka Devi (left) and Inise Kalouarai (right) at the Nadi International Airport on March 11, 2020.
Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Edited by Osea Bola

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