Bring the fight, wear white

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu | Friday, June 16, 2017
THE smiling picture of the beautiful children in yesterday's paper captured a lot of attention.
Flying Fijians rugby supporters promote the Fiji rugby campaign "Bring the fight, wear white" at the FRU headquarters in Suva on Wednesday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA
Flying Fijians rugby supporters promote the Fiji rugby campaign "Bring the fight, wear white" at the FRU headquarters in Suva on Wednesday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

I must at the outset commend FRU's "Bring the fight, wear white" campaign aimed at showcasing patriotism from local fans.

I echo the sentiments shared by FRU CEO John O'Connor that "if the NZ All Blacks can have a 'Black out' and the Australian Wallabies fans 'Golds the crowd' then the Fiji crowd could 'white-out' the stadium".

This initiative is the start to a wonderful partnership between fans and FRU to ensure the success of our 15s team, which has not gone beyond the quarter-final at the RWC.

Our 7s team has won two RWC titles and the gold medal from the Olympics, but our Flying Fijians have fallen short of any such major title, except winning the Pacific Nations Cup title.

We have the talents and some of our players have made a name for themselves in Europe, Japan and in the Super Rugby competition.

So then, what's the problem with our 15s team? Against Australia we had a dynamic team, but we lost. But this does not stop us from continuously improving our set pieces and moves. 2019 is not far and we are likely to battle Australia and Wales to make the quarters. Are we ready?

The journey to the 2019 RWC in Japan starts with Test matches against Italy and Scotland and hopes of a top finish in the Pacific against the Ikale Tahi and Samoa, who will be playing the All Blacks.

FRU commercial manager Brian Thorburn has pleaded with fans to come out in huge numbers to witness an international Test match.

He urged fans to bring the fight and wear white. Smart move indeed.

Hence, dear readers let's join hands and support our Flying Fijians. Come Saturday, I am confident that the visitors will enjoy a taste of the Fijian hospitality and see the brand of magical Fijian rugby.

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