7s Heroes Get Good­ies

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The Voda­fone Fi­jian 7s team re­ceived bonus cheques $75,000 from ma­jor spon­sors Voda­fone Fiji dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion in Suva yes­ter­day. The Ben Ryan coached-side re­ceived $15,000 for reach­ing the fi­nals in Paris, $10,000 for reach­ing the semi-fi­nal in London and $50,000 for win­ning the over­all 7s se­ries ti­tle.

Voda­fone Fiji chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer Divik Deo con­firmed that this sea­son they have given out a to­tal of $194,000 as bonus pay­out. “As ma­jor spon­sors I am most hon­oured and ex­tremely proud to be stand­ing with you, our heroes, wel­come home boys. “At a time when the coun­try has gone through so much, you have brought great joy to up­lift the en­tire na­tion by win­ning the se­ries. “You have been fan­tas­tic all sea­son and we salute you for your pride, pas­sion and pa­tri­o­tism for our coun­try.” Deo said.

Free tick­ets from Fiji Air­ways

Na­tional air­line Fiji Air­ways also gave play­ers an air ticket each and play­ers can choose to fly to any of Fiji Air­ways des­ti­na­tions. Fiji Air­ways ex­ec­u­tive gen­eral man­ager Shae­naz Voss handed over the air tick­ets to the play­ers at the cel­e­bra­tion cer­e­mony yes­ter­day. Fiji Air­ways man­ager public re­la­tions and com­mu­ni­ca­tions Shane Hus­sein thanked the team for an im­pres­sive per­for­mance.

“It is the things you do on the field that in­spires the more than 800,000 odd Fi­jians and those abroad. He added there were more prizes ex­pected.

Fiji Rugby ac­knowl­edges sup­port

The Fiji Rugby Union chair­man Fran­cis Kean ac­knowl­edged the ma­jor spon­sors, con­sor­tium of spon­sors, the Gov­ern­ment and sup­port­ers for back­ing the team. “Con­grat­u­la­tion to the boys and to the cap­tain Osea, we as Fi­jians salute you and the boys for your achieve­ment. “The jour­ney of our na­tional 7s team will not be pos­si­ble through the sup­port of the con­sor­tium of spon­sors and Fi­jian fans at home,” Kean said.

Voda­fone Fi­jian 7s rep Jasa Vere­malua with fans at the Nadi In­ter­na­tional Air­port yes­ter­day. Photo: Waisea Na­sokia

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