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PM BAINIMARAMA CONGRATULATES THE FIJIANAS

The Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, has said that while every Fijian is naturally disappointed at our national Sevens team being beaten by New Zealand for the Melrose Cup, the country is extremely proud and pleased at the performance of our women’s Sevens team.

The Fijianas created history by winning their first ever major title – beating the Netherlands 12-10 to win The Bowl.

The Prime Minister praised the Fijianas for their spirited performance and said it signaled a new era for women’s Sevens in Fiji.

“I want to pay tribute to the members of the team for the way in which they fought hard for their two point win. They have brought great credit to our country and deserve a tremendous reception when they return.”

The Prime Minister said the Fijianas had set a great example to young women, in particular, and their win was bound to increase the participation of women in the sport.

“All over the country, young women will have been especially inspired by this win and I’m certain that it will encourage many more of them to take up Seven’s rugby,” he said.

Commodore Bainimarama also praised the Digicel Fiji Sevens men’s team, saying it was important for the country to stand behind them in defeat as well as in victory.

“We all know that the real honour comes in competing. Of course, we naturally prefer to win but there’s such a thing as losing well and I’m proud that Fiji can do both,” he added.

Fijian Prime Minister Meets with Fiji World Sevens Rugby Team

Maintaining Fiji’s prominence in the field of rugby was a key highlight to Fiji’s national sevens rugby team to the 2013 Moscow World Cup.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama pointed this out as he officially handed over jerseys to Fiji’s national team this afternoon in Moscow. At the event, the head of government reminded them of the support they have from all Fijians including those that have travelled to watch the games in the Russian capital.

“You have only four days here in Moscow to make sure that we maintain the name of Fiji and rugby”.

“Fiji is well known for many things and the most prominent is our peacekeeping duties and our rugby talents. It is important that you maintain that for all Fijians”.

The head of government said that in order for the team to be successful during the tournament, they needed to work closely with each other.

“The most important thing is to be alert and to make sure that each of you support each other and play hard.”

Today’s event also saw the Prime Minister commend the Fiji’s Women’s National Rugby team.

“I’m proud to be here today to witness the growth and development of rugby amongst our young women who have made it this far to the world tournament – Vinaka Vakalevu”.

The Prime Minister presented jerseys to both rugby teams at the Crown Plaza in Moscow, following his arrival this afternoon into the capital of the Russian Federation.