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Arin Kumar
Monday, June 30, 2014

INSPIRATION is very hard to come by and the presence of the Webb Ellis Cup in four locations in Suva last week was enough inspiration to those that witnessed it.

On Friday morning, the Rugby World Cup trophy was at the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Primary School in Vatuwaqa after which it was on display at the EuroCars showroom in Suva city.

British High Commissioner to Fiji Roderick Drummond said the trophy tour to Fiji was a huge inspiration to the people of the nation.

"It's been exciting to see the reaction of everyone when this Cup is around," he said.

During the display, EuroCars handed over jerseys to the Koronivia Rugby Club that competes in the Tailevu Rugby Union competition.

"The support by EuroCars is much appreciated," said club president Ratu Paula Lewanavanua.

"And for our players to see the RWC trophy right in front of them is a huge inspiration to the players."

During the lunch time, the trophy was hosted by the Raiwaqa Rugby Club at their clubhouse along with their major sponsor DHL.

DHL is also the logistics partner for the RWC Trophy Tour.

Club chairman Lai Kaivei said the trophy had fuelled the desire of the players to perform better in the Suva Rugby Union competition.

"It's an honour and a privilege for us to host this trophy knowing there are hundreds of rugby clubs in Fiji," he said.

"This will surely inspire the players whenever they are on the field."

The cup was accompanied by former All Black John Afoa who competed against national netball rep Maria Lutua in the Rugby versus the World challenge.

Afoa won the first challenge of winning line-outs by 7-3 after which Lutua evened the scores by winning the "shooting netball hoops" challenge 4-3.

Afoa and his Raiwaqa White team then husked four coconuts in one minute 16 seconds to win the third and final challenge from Lutua and her Raiwaqa Red team that finished in one minute 35 seconds.

Other national netball reps were present at the challenge to cheer Lutua on and she said the trophy would be used as inspiration in their bid to win the Netball World Cup next year.

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