2019 RWC: Rally behind your Fijian gladiators once more – Rinakama

The Fiji Airways Flying Fijians singing the Fiji national anthem before facing Georgia at the 2019 Rugby World Cup pool game. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

“WHEN the odds are stacked against you and your back is to the wall, that is when Fiji is most dangerous,” says Flying Fijians spiritual mentor to the 2007 Rugby World Cup Reverend Joji Rinakama.

And by now, he says that is what every Fijian player in the starting 23 will have meditated and fueled themselves on.

That will be the mindset of our players when they take on Wales in their last pool match at the Rugby World Cup in Japan tonight (Fiji time).

Rinakama – who was with the team that pulled off a historic win 38-34 win against Wales to secure a quarterfinal berth 12 years ago – believes the Flying Fijians have that opportunity to show the six nations champions true potential despite a chance of reaching the knockout stages seemingly beyond reach.

“Every team in the world, including Wales fear one thing when they play Fiji. And that is Fijians with ball in hand,” he said.

“And with the quality of players that are in our backline, they should go out firing and show the world true Fijian rugby.”

Rinakama said the moment had come for all Fijians to rally behind their gladiators once more.

“We cannot dwell on the past but now more than ever cheer on our Flying Fijians.

“Be united mentally physically and most of all spiritually and show them the true nature of a Flying Fijian.”

The Flying Fijians take on Wales at Oita Stadium in Osaka at 9:45pm.

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