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Siteri Sauvakacolo
Sunday, July 16, 2017

On the front page of The Fiji Times on July 16, 2007, we ran an article titled "Girl beats net"

The daughter of a Fiji soldier managed to beat the immigration ban net imposed by New Zealand and addressed a youth parliament in Wellington.

Seranaise Vulavou, daughter of Sergeant Joeli Vulavou, took the opportunity to plead with New Zealand parliamentarians to be more compassionate and fair when dealing with the Fiji situation. Ms Vulavou said she lodged her application with the new Zealand High Commission at noon on Friday July 6. It was approved at 2pm.

No comment could be obtained from the high commission in Suva.

While in Wellington, she even shook hands with Prime Minister Helen Clark. She met the Governor-General Anand Satyanand, whose family has origins in Fiji.

FRU to explain sacking

NADI rugby officials want the Fiji Rugby Union to explain why it replaced national team backs coach Iliesa Tanivula for the Rugby World Cup.

The FRU last week named Iosefo Bele to replace Tanivula who is the Nadi coach.

Nadi rugby secretary Samuela Kailawadoko said it was unfair on Tanivula, a former Otago and Auckland Blues player to be treated this way.

Question marks

FORMER Fiji coach Wayne Pivac has questioned why the national side has named only two halfbacks when the position requires at least three players in events such as the Rugby World Cup.

The FMF Flying Fijians selectors named Mosese Rauluni and Jone Daunivucu for the number nine jumper.

The new North Harbour coach, who fled Fiji in February, said every team was taking part in the World Cup would be taking at least three specialists half-backs as this was a position that was very important.

"My question is what will happen when one of the halfbacks gets injured," Pivac said.

"Who will fill in if one does get injured because there are no other players in the back who can play in that position.

"This is a specialist position and there should have been enough cover."

On The Fiji Times sports

page of July 16, 1997:

Katalau boosts Tailevu's bid

ACE jumper Emori Katalau will lead Tailevu's bid to wrest the Benson and Hedges Cup from Nadroga at Lawaqa Park on Saturday.

Katalau will play at an interesting lineout battle with fellow national reps Setoki Niqara and Ifereimi Tawake for Nadroga.

Tailevu secretary Nimilote Naivalumaira said excitement in Tailevu was on a high since the change in name from Rewa this year.

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