The Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, has said that while every Fijian is naturally disappointed at our national Sevens team being beaten by New Zealand for the Melrose Cup, the country is extremely proud and pleased at the performance of our women’s Sevens team.
The Fijianas created history by winning their first ever major title – beating the Netherlands 12-10 to win The Bowl.
The Prime Minister praised the Fijianas for their spirited performance and said it signaled a new era for women’s Sevens in Fiji.
“I want to pay tribute to the members of the team for the way in which they fought hard for their two point win. They have brought great credit to our country and deserve a tremendous reception when they return.”
The Prime Minister said the Fijianas had set a great example to young women, in particular, and their win was bound to increase the participation of women in the sport.
“All over the country, young women will have been especially inspired by this win and I’m certain that it will encourage many more of them to take up Seven’s rugby,” he said.
Commodore Bainimarama also praised the Digicel Fiji Sevens men’s team, saying it was important for the country to stand behind them in defeat as well as in victory.
“We all know that the real honour comes in competing. Of course, we naturally prefer to win but there’s such a thing as losing well and I’m proud that Fiji can do both,” he added.