Rugby ambassadors

The Canada 7s cup winners Fiji with second placed Kenya and third placed South Africa after the finals. Pictue: JOVESA NAISUA

The Canada 7s cup winners Fiji with second placed Kenya and third placed South Africa after the finals. Pictue: JOVESA NAISUA

I read with great interest the tweet from the Kenyan national team that portrayed our national side as rugby ambassadors.

When the Kenya team played against Fiji in the final of the Canada 7s, they were fired up knowing that they had beaten the Ben Ryan coached Fijian outfit in Singapore.

They did put up a fight but our boys were a class and maintained their composure and patience to build up momentum and pile points.

When the match concluded there were smiles and signs of satisfaction on the park.

The Kenyans and Fijians embraced each other and knelt together to pray and cheer.

After the final, the Kenyan side praised the Fiji 7s team calling them “brothers” who treated them as a family.

The tweet that was posted has gone viral but I am pleased that our boys stood by the Kenyans.

The tweet, which accompanied the picture of Fiji and Kenya’s bonding, read as follows “A few years back, certain teams would refuse to train or share changing rooms with Kenya 7s. They felt that they were above us. Fiji is one team that has always treated us as family. Win or lose they are our brothers and this picture is testament of that.”

I felt proud of our boys who have proved wonderful ambassadors and have shown the world that we care regardless of race and colour, something embedded in our Constitution.

Our players won hearts for this. The battle was on the field but in reality off the field great brotherhood.

On the other hand, I must salute the fans for travelling long hours to be with our boys in Vancouver.

Fiji and Kenya no doubt had the biggest support.

Even fans turned up in numbers to farewell our boys and showered them with love and compassion and roti and curry, something that our boys would have loved to munch.

Reporter Jovesa Naisua reported about a die hard Fijian 7s fan Alistair Pallad, who had prayed and fasted for the team before the tournament.

Mr Pallad and his group had fasted for 48 hours.

Dear Mr Pallad, I may not meet you but please accept my heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for all that you and your team did in Vancouver for our 7s team.

Finally, a big vinaka vakalevu to our reporter Jovesa Naisua for the beautiful moments, stories and colourful pictures from Vancouver! Wananavu Jo!