7s leg­ends

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Epeli Rabua, Suva

Ben ‘the Lion’ Ryan and his Olympic Cham­pion Fiji 7s team have at­tained leg­endary sta­tus in Rio, the world and in Fiji. Go­ing forth, they can be men­tioned in the same whis­pered breath with the world’s and Fiji’s first liv­ing 7s leg­end – the mer­cu­rial, Waisale Serevi! We have known long be­fore Rio that Fi­jians were the great­est ex­po­nents of rugby’s short­ened ver­sion, the 7s. And have made the game as beau­ti­ful as our 2016 Olympic hosts play their soc­cer. The flam­boy­ancy, the un­canny silky skills im­bued at birth, the up­hold­ing of our stead­fast Chris­tian faith, the rock-hard de­fen­sive tack­les - and all this, done with a huge Fi­jian smile know­ing, that we not only en­joy this game but love ev­ery minute of it! This Fi­jian 7s Olympic gold medal team with their coach, Ben Ryan, have now earned their right, to not only stand be­side but play along­side the world’s great­est 7s player, Waisale Serevi and show­piece their 7s rugby with the gods. Fiji, the rugby and Olympic worlds are in­debted to His ‘Small’ High­ness – Waisale Serevi. He was the leg­endary 7s wiz­ard who first cast his magic on the 7s pitch the world over and so en­thralled the masses, that the Olympic Com­mit­tee had to have him en­dorse rugby, the 7s ver­sion of it, back into the Olympics af­ter 64 years! As we bask in his­tory and the glo­ri­ous golden vic­tory of our new 7s leg­ends, we thank and ask our Good Lord to bless all of them in­clud­ing Waisale Serevi, their fam­i­lies and Fiji.

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