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High hopes for 7s

Arin Kumar
Friday, April 25, 2014

THE national 7s team departs the country this morning with high hopes of a good outing in the final leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series.

The side was hosted to a small farewell function by sponsors Vodafone and reminded of the tasks that lay ahead.

Vodafone's head of E-commerce & corporate affairs Shailendra Prasad said the team could win the Glasgow 7s and the London 7s back to back.

"We are hopeful that you have saved the best for last, as they say, he who laughs last, laughs the loudest," he said.

"It is important that you end the tour on a high note because that will set the momentum going into the 2014/15 series to start later this year.

"On behalf of our managing director Aslam Khan, I would like to pass our best wishes and good luck to our Vodafone 7's team and the coaching staff for a successful outing in Glasgow and London."

"Be proud of the Fiji jumper and do the country proud. The country will be right behind you praying and cheering you on."

Coach Ben Ryan thanked Vodafone for their gesture and assured them his players would give it their best shot on the field.

"Thank you very much Vodafone for sponsoring and supporting the team," he said.

"Most people don't know this but the first team which I coached in Newbury was sponsored by Vodafone UK.

"I had a great relationship with the Vodafone brand previously and very well know that as our sponsors Vodafone Fiji will contribute positively in uplifting the rugby in the local and international arena.

"Our boys have put in all efforts, and through their dedication and training, I am confident that we can deliver the best of results for the last leg of the IRB Sevens series."

The Glasgow 7s will be on May 3-4 and the London 7s a week later.

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