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Fans meet in Vegas

Maciu Malo
Tuesday, March 06, 2018

MOST Fiji rugby fans who turned up to cheer the team at the USA 7s in Las Vegas over the weekend returned home satisfied despite the side's failure to win the title.

Some of the patriotic fans drove for about 18 hours from Seattle and other parts of the United States just to watch the boys in action.

Taniela Tokailagi, who resides in Seattle, said the loss didn't stop them from supporting the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team.

He said the tournament was also an opportune time to meet other Fijians in the States.

Another fan Siteri Waqa travelled all the way from Boston to be part of the event. It also took her about 14 hours by plane then by car to reach Vegas.

"The USA 7s is the mecca for all Fijians to get together not only for the games but to also to meet each other," said Tokailagi.

"We are thankful to the boys for their effort.

"We are always fortunate to have someone from Fiji not only the team but the fans as well.

"In fact we want to make them feel at home and that is one of the reasons we are here, to support them and make them feel at home.

"Most of us are very patriotic Fiji 7s fans and we always come here to support the team."

Tokailagi said some of the Fijians in the States had even booked their hotel rooms for the Sevens Rugby World Cup that would be held in San Francisco in July.

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