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Fi­jian rugby is still en­joy­ing the im­pact of our first Olympic gold vic­tory. The mere fact that our boys are still be­ing in­vited to cel­e­bra­tions, two months af­ter the con­quest, speaks vol­ume. Now it’s World Rugby call­ing on the ex­pert knowl­edge of our 7s cap­tain, Osea Kolin­isau, to be part of a high-pow­ered panel at the an­nual World Rugby Con­fer­ence and Ex­hi­bi­tion 2016 (Con­fEx) next month. The panel in­cludes World Rugby’s Head of Com­pe­ti­tions and Per­for­mance Mark Egan, USA men’s sevens coach - Mike Fri­day and Giles Mor­gan – HSBC Global Head of Spon­sor­ship and Events. They will an­a­lyse and share their thoughts about ‘Rugby sevens be­yond Rio – the golden op­por­tu­nity.’

Kolin­isau will be the first Fi­jian to speak at such an event. What an op­por­tu­nity for Fiji, Fi­jian rugby and world rugby. World Rugby boss Brett Gosper called the Rio ex­pe­ri­ence a “bril­liant de­but” for sevens at the Olympic Games.

It has also bril­liantly pro­pelled Fiji to the fore­front of rugby de­vel­op­ment. The first was wit­nessed last week, when Prime Min­is­ter and Pres­i­dent of the Fiji Rugby Union Voreqe Bain­i­marama, signed a deal with the Aus­tralian Rugby Union. The deal, which was three years in the mak­ing, will now see Fiji play­ing in the Aus­tralian Na­tional rugby com­pe­ti­tion – another first in the world of rugby. When Kolin­isau speaks at the panel on Novem­ber 14 -15 at the Hil­ton Lon­don Metropole, we can bet on a few things: the de­vel­op­ment of Fiji Rugby (both men and women) will be cen­tral rugby is about in­spir­ing those around you he will be speak­ing from his heart

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Koroi­betes

Code-switch­ing star, Marika Koroi­bete, chose to wed his Savusavu sweet­heart at his vil­lage on the bor­der of Namosi and Naitasiri Prov­inces yes­ter­day.

Naraiyawa Vil­lage was a hive of ac­tiv­ity as fam­ily and relatives gath­ered to cel­e­brate. The cel­e­bra­tions will no doubt, con­tinue for a few days. The newly-weds have been to­gether for a while. They have a son, Ilaitia. Emma Koroi­bete is ready for the days and even weeks when Koroi­bete will be away from home. But she is de­ter­mined to put her son and hus­band first in their new jour­ney to­gether. Fam­ily first, rugby sec­ond.

As they con­tinue their jour­ney in this life, we wish them a pros­per­ous fu­ture. Big con­grat­u­la­tions to Marika and Emma!.

Fi­jian 7s cap­tain and Rio Gold medal­list win­ner, Osea Kolin­isau.

Marika Koroi­bete with newly wed­ded wife Emma.

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