Un-cho­sen play­ers

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Ti­moci Gau­nav­inaka,

Nau­sori.

It is now three weeks af­ter our 7s rugby team’s vic­tory in Rio and the cel­e­bra­tions still con­tinue. I am sure that it will con­tinue for weeks and months at dif­fer­ent venues across the coun­try and our he­roes very much de­served it But please let us not for­get all the mem­bers of the 24 play­ers in the train­ing squad. With­out them push­ing our he­roes for a seat on that plane to Rio, it would have been dif­fi­cult to win gold. Ben Ryan ad­mit­ted hav­ing sleep­less nights in try­ing to de­cide who to choose, which means that these ‘un-cho­sen play­ers’ were al­most just as good as our he­roes. When our he­roes take up con­tracts off­shore this year, we will fall back on these un­cho­sen play­ers to de­fend our IRB Se­ries ti­tle. Let us make them feel part of these cel­e­bra­tion and also give them gifts and mon­e­tary awards as well for the great con­tri­bu­tion they have done. To Ne­mani Na­gusa, Jo­sua Vici, Aliv­ereti Veitokani, Isake Ka­toni­bau, Pio Tuwai, Nasi­lasila, Amenoni Nay­a­calevu, Jar­ryd Hayne and a few whose names I missed, your con­tri­bu­tion will be etched in our mem­o­ries in years to come be­cause you played a vi­tal role in this vic­tory.

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