Iconic Hong Kong
8 April, 2017, 12:00 am
HONG Kong is a special place for every Fijian.
I consider myself very lucky that in 2013 I was given an opportunity to attend a workshop at Eden Hotel in the city of Hong Kong and I saw first-hand So Kon Po Stadium that I had only seen on TV.
This was my first trip overseas and it was to my dream destination.
I enjoyed the hospitality in this beautiful country, which has become home to many of our 7s players.
Before the establishment of the WSS dated back to 1999, many knew the HK 7s as the tournament where 24 teams battled for supremacy.
There were smaller 7s tournaments like the Dubai and Uruguay 7s, but the HK 7s stood out with its glamour, excitement, crowd capacity and prizemoney.
The tournament gave birth to thousands of stars and household names, who hold a special place in the hearts of fans all over the world.
Players and coaches who have played at So Kon Po will have a mouthful to say about the prestige of the 7s competition.
For Fijians at home and abroad HK is close to our hearts.
We may not win any tournament, but winning the HK 7s is icing on the cake.
One could never forget those days when our players arrived from HK with the silverware and were greeted by a huge ovation.
Such is the passion and spirit of the HK 7s and this weekend is a test of Fiji’s character.
There is a lot on the shoulders of the 12 men selected to bring back our glory days and winning ways.
By now the result of the Fiji versus Japan match would have given fans an indication of the level of preparation put in by the team management and players.
Later today, we face Wales, who we beat in the 2013 final with three superb tries coming from Osea Kolinisau, who came off the bench and one from the player of the tournament Viriviri as we trailed 19-0.
We face our nemesis and traditional rivals the All Blacks who we beat in last year’s Cup final.
A lot is at stake and expectations are high.
Fiji will have a lot of support in HK and our boys need to play their hearts out and reward our children a perfect Palm Sunday gift just like the good old days of the 7s Maestro!
My best wishes to our Flying Fijians and Baber.
I will be with you from the 1st whistle to the last because you are number No1.
To Jo Makaba and The Fiji Times a big vinaka vakalevu for all the wonderful stories from the iconic HK city.