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FRU receives good response

Rashneel Kumar
Wednesday, December 18, 2013

THE Fiji Rugby Union has received good response from the public on the $5000 a piece centennial jersey which was unveiled on Monday.

The centennial jersey is a fundraising initiative of the union which aims to raise $1million through the sales of 200 exclusive jerseys.

"More than 20 pledges were received during the evening for the purchase of jerseys," a statement on said.

The jersey was launched by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama during the centennial cocktail party at the Holiday Inn in Suva.

Fiji's captain to the British Lions tour in 1977, Pio Bosco Tikoisuva and Fiji 7s skipper Osea Kolinisau presented the jersey to the Prime Minister to unveil.

While congratulating FRU for its achievement, Commodore Bainimarama challenged the future generations of rugby players to uphold Fiji's proud tradition of playing this game — Fijian style — for the next hundred years.

"Fiji's contribution to world rugby cannot be understated. Year after year, we have produced world-class players in both 15s and 7s rugby," he said.

"We gather to celebrate the generations of Fijian players who have played their hearts out for Fiji.

"Who would ever forget the talent of Joe Levula, George Cavalevu, Rusiate Vuruya, Isimeli Batibasaga or Waisale Serevi? Or the magic of Ratu Sir George Cakobau, Meli Kurisaru, Pio Bosco Tikoisuva or Rupeni Caucaunibuca?

"As we remember these players, and the scores of others who have been household names in Fiji, we can't help but remember some of the great triumphs they won for Fiji, as well as the humbling defeats.

"This reminds us of sport's amazing ability to lift our national spirit and bring Fijians from different backgrounds together.

"Of its ability to form bonds between people who attach themselves to a common cause — celebrating the same victories and lamenting the same defeats."