Sevens

Vodafone Fiji 7s team arrives in Suva

Members of the public gathered in numbers at Ratu Sukuna Park this afternoon to witness the Vodafone Fiji 7s team and celebrate their achievement. Vodafone Fiji 7’s captain Osea Kolinisau said they did not win back-to-back by fluke. KOLINISAU: “I would like to say our victory last week wasn’t a fluke and we have proved it […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

May 25, 2016 6:51 pm

Members of the public gathered in numbers at Ratu Sukuna Park this afternoon to witness the Vodafone Fiji 7s team and celebrate their achievement.

Members of the Vodafone Fiji 7s team at Sukuna Park this afternoon. (Peni Shute/Newswire)
Members of the Vodafone Fiji 7s team at Sukuna Park this afternoon. (Peni Shute/Newswire)

Vodafone Fiji 7’s captain Osea Kolinisau said they did not win back-to-back by fluke.

KOLINISAU: “I would like to say our victory last week wasn’t a fluke and we have proved it by winning back to back. It was all based on hard work from the team. In order for us to be professional athletes we need a backbone and I would like to thank our sponsors for doing so.”

Captain Kolinisau said he told the boys in order the win they needed to work hard both on and off the field.

“We would also like to thank the government for chipping and helping us out, trying to achieves our goals through the road to Rio. I always tell the boys we might have the strength and we might be fit, if we don’t have God in our life, than we won’t be able to achieve anything. God is the source of our strength and our victory and we wouldn’t have done and achieved anything without our God and our supporters.”

People came out with their banners and flags and took photos to meet the team.

Fijians gathered in numbers at Sukuna Park earlier this afternoon. (Peni Shute/Newswire)
Fijians gathered in numbers at Sukuna Park earlier this afternoon. (Peni Shute/Newswire)

Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General, Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum thanked the team for the victory.

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “On behalf of the Fijian Government and the Fijian people we would like to thank Osea and the team for bringing this wonderful victory to us and as we may all know we lost 44 Fijian lives during tropical cyclone Winston and about 40,000 homes were damaged and some of them still doesn’t have a home a home today and we still working with them to get a home. 226 schools were damaged and it’s so wonderful to know that we got good news today that the Fiji 7’s team won the Fiji 7’s world series. This just shows if we all work together and we all focus as Fijians we can achieve our goal to Rio.”

Chairman of the Fiji Rugby Union Commander Francis Kean said the historic win of consecutive world sevens series titles will go down in the sporting history of our country.

KEAN: “Welcome back home and Congratulations on this milestone achievemen….to Osea and the team we as Fijians salute you today for your effort, sacrifice, dedication in in doing our nation proud. To Ben Ryan and your coaching staff and management – Well done in another successful sevens campaign, we applaud your commitment in bringing the best out of our national sevens players.”

(L-R) FRU Chairman Commander Francis Kean, Minister for Sports Hon. Laisenia Tuitubou, the Acting Prime Minister Aiyaz-Sayed-Khaiyum and Fiji 7's Captain Osea Kolinisau at Sukuna Park this afternoon. (Peni Shute/Newswire)
(L-R) FRU Chairman Commander Francis Kean, Minister for Sports Hon. Laisenia Tuitubou, the Acting Prime Minister Aiyaz-Sayed-Khaiyum and Fiji 7’s Captain Osea Kolinisau at Sukuna Park this afternoon. (Peni Shute/Newswire)

Vodafone Fiji Chief Financial Officer Mr. Divik Deo said the Fiji 7’s team have brought great joy to the Fijian people after what Fiji had been through in the last three months.

DEO:  “As part of our appreciation and acknowledgement for your sacrifice to bring glory to Fiji we as sponsors are delighted to present to the team cash bonuses, gift packs and other prizes as rewards for you efforts.”

“Ladies and Gentlemen I have pleasure in presenting to you our token of appreciation to the players and officials, we have a $15,000 cheque for reaching the finals in the Paris 7’s and a $10,000 cheque for reaching the semi-finals in London and a handsome $50,000 for winning the overall sevens series title.”

(L-R) Vodafone Fiji's Chief Financial Officer Mr. Divik Deo, Captain Osea Kolinisau and Assistant Prime Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with a cheque of $50,000. (Peni Shute/Newswire)
(L-R) Vodafone Fiji’s Chief Financial Officer Mr. Divik Deo, Captain Osea Kolinisau and Assistant Prime Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with a cheque of $50,000. (Peni Shute/Newswire)

“This makes our total bonus payout to the team this season to $194,000. We will also present to each team member the latest Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphones and other gift packs.”

Fiji Airways General Manager Industry, International, and Government Affairs Ms. Shaenaz Voss also presented the Fiji 7s with return air tickets.

VOSS: “Our champions choose to fly Fiji Airways…and whenever they are on the field or camping they are always flying Fiji Airways and we are very proud of you and this afternoon we would like to present to you all the players a return ticket to anywhere on the Fiji Airways network.”

Coach Ben Ryan and Jarryd Hayne were not present at the celebrations this afternoon.

Hayne flew to Sydney and Coach Ben Ryan stayed back in England after the London 7s.

The Fiji 7’s team will go for a two weeks break.

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