Skipper turns to Fiji fans

Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team captain Paula Dranisinukula and Aminiasi Tuimaba present a rugby ball to one of the patients at the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Singapore during their visit. Picture: SUPPLIED/FIJI RUGBY

FIJI Airways Fiji 7s skipper Paula Dranisinukula and five-time Hong Kong 7s champion, Jerry Tuwai yesterday highlighted one of the secrets of our national team.

It’s the support and prayers from home, the vocal support at the World Rugby Sevens Series venues, and watching the noble banner blue swing proudly around the ground that motivate the players to fight for this small nation in the annual series.

The pair said it was the belief the players had on Fijian supporters as one of the main components towards the successful defence and victory in Hong Kong last weekend.

“Vei kemuni na tiko mai vanua keimami na tiko mai vanua tani, keitou vakavinavinaka vei kemuni e na nomuni veitokoni. (To all those back home and those abroad, we thank you for your supprt),” Dranisinukula said after the Hong Kong 7s historic win on Sunday. Similar sentiments were echoed by Olympian Tuwai.

“Vei kemuni mai Viti, vinaka vakalevu na veitokoni, vinaka vakalevu na veimasulaki, vinaka saka vakalevu na veivakabauti tiko vei na timi qo. (To all of you in Fiji, thank you for the support, thank you for the prayers and thank you for believing in this team.),” he said.

The belief in the team will again be a talisman that our gladiators will use as the driving factor towards another title defence at this weekend’s HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Singapore 7s tournament.

If successful, Fiji will again create history being the first team to defend consecutive titles this season as well the first team to secure back to back victories on the same leg.

The Singapore 7s defending champions have found themselves heading a strong pool A alongside South Africa, Scotland and again Kenya.

Fiji takes on Canada which won the title in 2017 at 4.36pm, then meet Scotland at 8.02pm and finally South Africa at 11.28pm.

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