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Sym­bolic mem­ory Narayan Reddy, Lautoka

Af­ter Fiji won the 7s world cup, Si­ga­toka Bridge was named af­ter the Mel­rose Cup win in 2005. I am won­der­ing what we can name af­ter rugby’s gold medal vic­tory in Rio. Any sug­ges­tions?

Re­spect and space

Joji Koroibanuve, Nas­inu

I be­lieve it’s time to give space, free­dom, and re­spect to usual sights of rugby and touch rugby played in parks, beaches, road­sides, round­abouts, etc since it is an Olympic gold-medal-win­ning-sport for our beloved Fiji.

King Ryan and the knights Shad Al­faz Ali, Navua

Hail King Ryan! We are the cham­pi­ons!

Fiji has won its first ever medal at the Olympics and we have to thank the ma­gi­cian, the wiz­ard, the tac­ti­cian, the great­est ‘Ben Ryan’.

The back-to-back Sev­ens Se­ries ti­tles and now the Olympic gold! It’s just too much boys. Thank you Ben, for be­liev­ing in the boys, for in­spir­ing them to reach the great­est heights, and for bring­ing glory to our beloved na­tion. To the boys: The Bus (Jo­sua Tuisova), The Beast, (Semi Ku­natani), Os­car (Osea Kolin­isau), Leone Nakarawa, Sere­maia Tuwai, Jasa Vere­malua, Vatemo Ravou­vou, Samisoni Virirviri, Vil­iame Mata, Api­sai Do­mo­lailai, Ki­tione Taliga, Save­naca Rawaca and Ma­sivesi Dakuwaqa - thank you and vinaka. You are truly the great­est.

For Fiji, ever Fiji! Ash­neel J Prasad , Auck­land, NZ

I was born in a small city in Fiji, Lautoka. Even be­fore I learnt the morals of what is wrong or right, or my al­pha­bets and num­bers, I learnt one thing - rugby. See­ing my par­ents, brother and my rel­a­tives cheer for some men run­ning in the TV screen al­ways used to leave me con­fused.

Slowly, I too started cheer­ing for the men in white. I too started to sit in front of the TV and watch all these play­ers mak­ing our coun­try proud of them. I re­mem­ber, dur­ing Ram Naumi, Hong Kong 7s al­ways used to be on, on the TV. We used to cel­e­brate Ram Naumi in a small mandir in Tawatawa, Lautoka. Some­one al­ways used to bring a small TV and an an­tenna and we used to cheer for Fiji, af­ter fin­ish­ing off with our prayers.

Be it a wed­ding, funer­als or birthdays, one topic that is a must for dis­cus­sion is rugby.

Rugby for us Fi­jians is not just a sport. It’s our iden­tity.

Each player is like our fam­ily. Each try is our win. Each loss is our loss. Rugby is one thing that unites all Fi­jians. Rugby is above ev­ery­thing. They say if a group of peo­ple fol­low some­thing ‘re­li­giously’, it be­comes a re­li­gion. Rugby is Fiji’s prime re­li­gion. As the Fi­jian 7s team won a gold medal at the Olympics, it’s not just an­other medal. Other coun­tries win 10, 20 or 30 medals at the Olympics and still feel noth­ing of it.

For a coun­try with 900,000 peo­ple, this one medal means more than all those other 30 medals com­bined. There is not enough words or ex­pres­sions or ges­tures that can and will de­scribe my hap­pi­ness. It’s a his­toric day. This day will never ever come again. Cher­ish it. You have an epic mem­ory to rel­ish. One day in fu­ture you will tell your chil­dren and grand­chil­dren, of the day the Fi­jian 7s team won an Olympic gold medal for the first time. A man went against his home­land to bring pride and glory to our coun­try. I’ll for­ever be in­debted to Ben Ryan and his warriors for this his­toric mo­ment.

No rul­ing party, no op­po­si­tion, no eth­nic­ity, no re­li­gion, no gen­der and no one else can take this mo­ment from you. We are the kings, the kings of the 7s world. We have con­quered the world. We have con­quered our dreams. We have con­quered the Olympics Gold Medal for Rugby 7s. Even if I die, I’ll die know­ing my coun­try is re­joic­ing.

My coun­try is on every­one’s lips. I feel com­plete. I’m proud to be born in a na­tion, where we don’t run af­ter tries, we run af­ter dreams. Thank you Fiji.

Mag­nif­i­cent twelve Si­mon Hazel­man , Savusavu

A his­tor­i­cal oc­ca­sion that will for­ever be carved in our his­tory! Con­sid­ered just the one gold in the Olympics, our warriors will re­turn with 12 gold medals! In the game of rugby sev­ens, we have fi­nally achieved Olympic glory. We have con­firmed to the world our sta­tus as the Kings of Sev­ens Rugby. Ex­tremely beau­ti­ful and most im­pres­sive! We salute and pay trib­ute to a re­mark­able and im­pres­sive ef­fort from Ben Ryan and our mag­nif­i­cent

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