21 July, 2017, 12:00 am
It was a proud moment for RFMF Commander Viliame Naupoto when he was handed the Defence Forces RLWC trophy at the ANZ Stadium by members of the Army Bears team, who had the heart to create history in a land where rugby league is worshipped.
The Army Bears team, in the process of winning the trophy, created history by beating giants NZ and Australia.
The win was a sweet revenge for our boys as Fiji had earlier lost to Australia in the round robin competition.
The green and gold Aussies were stunned on home soil with a magnificent display of rugby by our flamboyant Fijians.
Apart from winning the Defence Forces RLWC, our boys are also the holders of the Defence Forces RWC trophy.
Their victory is bound to motivate our FNRL team to this year’s RLWC in October.
Despite the obstacles faced by the Army Bears team, the boys were united during the tournament and stood up for each other.
It was nice to see that local rugby league stalwarts Vulavou, Saukuru, Soro and Koroi were able to engineer and marshal our team to new heights.
The team has always focused on discipline and bonding and this win is a morale booster building up to the Sukuna Bowl Challenge.
I take this time to congratulate our heroes and wish them all the best for future tournaments.
Our Army Bears team fought bravely to become champions and in the process the boys have set the pace.
Finally, the Fiji women’s under-18 rugby team, playing in Bahamas under the watchful eyes of Kolinisau and captained by Delainavesi lass Martharina Tove, made a grand start to their campaign by defeating Trinidad and Tobago 29-0.
For majority of them it was their first trip overseas and I am glad that they took the challenge positively.
All the best to the girls for the remainder of the tournament.