23 February, 2016, 12:00 am
SOME French-based rugby players will be looking to organise charity drives that could help in relief efforts for people affected by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston.
Adriu Delai, who plays for Stade Montois said he had yet to reach his family to be able to ascertain whether they are safe.
“Right now (yesterday) I can’t sleep because I have not been able to get in touch with my family but I understand communication lines will not be fully restored until later but still it’s not a good feeling playing the waiting game,” he said.
He added that his teammates and members of club management had consistently been contacting him and other Fijians in the club passing encouraging messages.
Fijan players who are also part of the club include Savenaca Tokula, Ropate Ratu and Vilikesa Salawa.
“We have been discussing with the club and there have been queries as to what is considered the best way in terms of our charity drive but that hasn’t materialised yet because damage assessments have yet to be conducted,” he said.
Provence rugby club player Rupeni Nasiga said he had been able to check in on his family and noted that “they are safe”.
He added while there has been no discussion on a fundraising drive there had been intentions of doing so.
Taleimaitoga Tuapati, Campese Ma’afu and Marika Vakacegu are also part of the Provence club.