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Monday, March 05, 2018

FIJI Airways Fiji 7s forwards Josua Vakurinabili and Paula Dranisinukula yesterday revealed the plane signs displayed by team members after scoring tries were in remembrance of the aeroplane crash victims and their families.

Dranisinukula said the plane sign was their tribute to the late Merelesita Lutu and Iliesa Tawalo who perished last week after their plane crashed near Delaikoro in Savusavu.

The hard-hitting soldier said they wanted to play their hearts for the crash victims and their families this weekend.

"The plane sign is our tribute to the families for the loss of their loved ones," said Dranisinukula.

"We want to play for them and we will give our all for their families also."

Nadroga native Vakurinabili echoed similar sentiments.

"That is the sign of respect to their families and our tribute to the crash victims.

"It is a sad ending though and we wanted to give our best for them this weekend."

He said they would do the best they could for the victims during the semi-final.

Meanwhile, coach Gareth Baber said the nail-biting quarter final clash against New Zealand tested the boys' character.

He said they played some decisive moments during the game and commended the players for their effort.

"We live and die by the sword," said Baber.

Fiji plays USA in the first semi-final while South Africa faces Argentina in the other.

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