August 25, 2016 4:15 pm

Remaining 7s players and officials awarded with honorary medals

Team Fiji men’s 7s rugby forwards Semi Kunatani and Leone Nakarawa as well as team manager Ropate Kauvesi were bestowed with the honours of the Office of the Order of Fiji by the President, Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote at the state house today. While conducting the investiture ceremony President Konrote said it was the wish of […]

Team Fiji men’s 7s rugby forwards Semi Kunatani and Leone Nakarawa as well as team manager Ropate Kauvesi were bestowed with the honours of the Office of the Order of Fiji by the President, Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote at the state house today.

Semi Kunatani, Ropate Kauvesi, Chris Cracknell, Jeremy Manning. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)
Semi Kunatani, Ropate Kauvesi, Chris Cracknell, Jeremy Manning. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)

While conducting the investiture ceremony President Konrote said it was the wish of the Nation to ensure that they did not miss out on receiving their awards under Fiji’s Honours system.

KONROTE: “I hope that the whole Team will be able to make it to Labasa tomorrow where Fijians in the Northern Division who have been eagerly awaiting the Team’s arrival to show their appreciation and joy in the true Fijian spirit and at the same time get to meet you our Rugby Sevens World and Olympic Champions in person.”

The President also thanked 7s team head coach Ben Ryan for his unwavering commitment and promotion of Rugby in Fiji.

Leone Nakarawa reciving his award of "Officer of the Order of Fiji" from the President of the Republic of Fiji Jioji Konrote. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)
Leone Nakarawa receiving his award of Officer of the Order of Fiji from the President. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)

KONROTE: “Fiji is standing tall within the sporting fraternity due to the achievements of our Sevens Rugby Team. They have transformed Fiji into the Superpower in World Sevens Rugby! This achievement alone will forever be remembered favourably in our young Nation’s history.”

Fiji 7s team member Semi Kunatani said he did not expect to be honoured in such a manner.

KUNATANI: “I am grateful especially with what we have been through. I am planning to look at overseas contracts and maybe continue with 7s in the next season.”

Semi Kunatani receiving his award of the Office of the Order of Fiji from the President of the Republic of Fiji Jioji Konrote. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)
Semi Kunatani receiving his award of the Officer of the Order of Fiji from the President of the Republic of Fiji Jioji Konrote. (Nacanieli Tuilevuka/Newswire)

Meanwhile, Fijiana head coach Christopher Cracknell and Jeremy Manning both received the medal for distinguished service of a high degree to Fiji or humanity at large for a non-Fiji citizen.

The ceremony took place at the State House in Berkeley Crescent.