Paris 7s: A win for Fiji

Fiji's Josua Vakurinabuli on attack against South Africa's Seabelo Senatla in London. Picture: WORLD RUGBY

FIJI Airways Fiji 7s forward Josua Vakurinabili dedicates the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series title win to the people of Fiji and the families of the players.

He said during the 10 tournaments the team competed in, support from Fiji and fans across the globe and close family members boosted the players.

“I could have dedicated the Hong Kong 7s, London or Paris 7s tournament to my family, but it’s not enough compared to the support they’ve given to me and the players,” he said from Paris yesterday.

“That’s why I gave my best in Paris because it covers the eight months of sacrifice, 10 tournaments of hard work and the World Rugby Sevens Series title,” said Vakurinabili who is from Vatukarasa, Nadroga.

“I thank the fans and my parents for standing by me through thick and thin. When I was injured and recovered they’ve always been there and they raised me to be who I am today.”

Vakurinabili has scored 200 points in 113 matches throughout the season and scored 40 tries for Fiji in the series so far.

He has set his goals for the next season and wants to maintain his form to be selected for the Olympic Games in Japan.

“To play in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 is my next target and that needs a lot of dedication and hard work but that’s my next step to conquer,” said Vakurinabili.

The team arrives in the country tomorrow.

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