Preparation for Rio

While our rugby stars have been given a two-week break, Tietjens’ good boys and senior members of the firepower All Blacks forwards led by Tim Mikkelson and Scott Curry are currently on a gold hunting mission in Rio de Janeiro.

Their visit to Brazil is part of a smart scouting process for accommodation, training grounds and travel that would help them topple their opponents to a first ever Olympic gold medal.

This just goes out to show the veteran coach’s strategies after a disappointing third place finish in the 2015-16 series points table. One has to admire Titch for his plan!

We should not forget that Great Britain will be represented by powerhouses Scotland, England and Wales.

Wow, three solid teams jelling and combining for one cause – the gold medal at stake. Simon Amor has been handed the daunting task of coaching the British and we all know about Amor’s abilities and techniques.

Then there are Samoa, Australia and Kenya. While Ryan is holidaying in London, he needs every moment of rest because the coming weeks would be strenuous. We can only hope and pray that things turn in our favour and we end up celebrating in the biggest way in August.

With the support of our number one sponsor and the huge fan base, the gold medal is within our reach and grasp.

A big vinaka vakalevu to all the sponsors and hands working behind the scenes in getting the much needed funding for the trip to Rio! As I conclude, I plead with every Fijian not to forget our Fijiana, our weightlifters, the under-23 soccer team and the other athletes who will also be featuring in Brazil.

My best wishes to our Vodafone-sponsored men’s team who will be tackling the All Whites this afternoon in the Oceania Nations Cup in PNG. Thank you FBC for bringing the match live to our doorsteps. Finally, best wishes to the Crusaders and Nadolo for their big match against the Blues.

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