Rugby power

Fiji Sun - - Comment -

The much an­tic­i­pated World Rugby Awards for 2016 got un­der­way on Sun­day night and the likes of New Zealand, South Africa and Eng­land had their own shares of vic­to­ries, just as many had pre­dicted. Hopes were very high within our Pa­cific Is­land na­tion rugby en­thu­si­asts and espe­cially for Fiji, af­ter our own seven’s skip­per Osea Kolin­isau, Fiji’s France-based Vir­imi Vakatawa and for­mer sevens coach Ben Ryan were among the top con­tenders for these awards. How­ever, at the con­clu­sion of the cer­e­mony at the Hil­ton Lon­don Metropole last night, rugby lovers around the globe wit­nessed once again that the game of rugby, I sup­pose, is still con­trolled and dom­i­nated by the pow­er­ful so called tier one na­tions.

With rugby, a sport that is quickly gain­ing recog­ni­tion in pro­vid­ing lu­cra­tive deals, fac­tors such as fi­nance, man­power and re­sources are among the deter­min­ing fac­tors that favour rugby power houses. Un­for­tu­nately for Fiji, this is yet to be re­alised and be ac­com­mo­dated for. When and how this is go­ing to be achieved is worth press­ing through to our Fiji Rugby Union ex­ec­u­tives, and of course with the con­stant sup­port from New Zealand and Aus­tralia who are our neigh­bours yet neme­sis in the rugby field. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Kolin­isau, Vakatawa and Ben Ryan for mak­ing the cut, we still love our rugby and the sport is here to stay.

Waisale Ramoce

Wainivula

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