Fiji playing for their fans

If Fiji’s rugby players have a mountain to climb to reach the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals, just think of their fans.

The Fijians set up a potential winner-takes-all clash with Wales after their nail-biting 29-16 win over Canada at the Millennium Stadium yesterday.

The two sides meet in the final Pool B match on September 29 with a place in the quarter-finals likely to be at stake.

Before then, Fiji tackle Australia and back home in the Pacific, it will be the middle of the night – but there is no shortage of dedication.

The nation will be glued to any screen they can find and that support is an inspiration to captain Mosese Rauluni and his squad.

“We’ve got a lot of support from back home. We’re just playing for the people,” said Rauluni.

“In one of the boy’s villages, they have to carry the one TV to the top of the mountain just to get reception so they can watch the games.

“The hardcore fans are the ones we really play for.”


365 Digital

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