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Fiji 7s fan, Shafeel Sahib at the AT&T StadiumFiji 7s fan, Shafeel Sahib at the AT&T StadiumWITH just a few days to go for the Rugby World Cup Sevens to start, Fijians are looking forward to the event with a lot of optimism.

It is after all the sport that matters the most to Fijians.

The RWC 7s fiesta at the AT&T Stadium in San Francisco, USA, will draw fans in thousands and the TV, audience is sure to soar by the millions.

And why not, it is the sport that has earned every Fijian an identity world over.

Shafeel Imraz Sahib, a Delta, BC, resident will be at the AT& T Stadium with his family to cheer on the Fijian side.

“We’re all excited about the RWC 7s”, he said. “We have been huge Fiji 7s fans and since it is in San Francisco we decided to go give the team our morale support”.

Sahib said sevens rugby is the Fijian way of life, it extracts the love and brotherhood among all Fijians wherever they find home.

He says the fans hold the sport high and following the Olympic 7s gold win the interest has only spiraled among young and old.

“It is all about pure patriotism, we may live in worlds apart but our undying love for former home will never waver. It is more like what is soccer to France, Brazil and Germany, sevens rugby is to Fiji”.

Alex Kumar who is Canadian by birth, says his love for sevens rugby only grew after watching Fiji win the Olympic gold in Rio, Brazil.

“I had no idea about the sport, we Canadians know our ice Hockey, but now I’m hooked to it because my parents who are Fijian love rugby, Fiji can count on my vocal support", said Alex.

William Kavekini, a Vancouver City worker and a staunch fan is group traveling on a discounted WestJet air seat sale.

“We’re in a grope of 10”, said William, the former Labasa, resident.

“Fiji team has the best players. I strongly feel Melrose Cup, sedha jawe Fiji’ (Going straight to Fiji)”.

William said what is good about the sevens rugby is that people shelve the otherwise opposing views of the ordinary, high and or mighty and other when Fiji plays.

“Difference aside, everyone comes together for Fiji”.

He says sevens rugby is a sporting culture, a tradition and a Fijian sporting way of life.

“We fans will give the team our unerring support it is the players who need to perform. I don’t doubt their athleticism, this is Fiji’s tournament to lose”.

“It all comes down to the passion of the sport and the pride to represent”, said William, with a nod of approval from Jason Raj, a member of Williams’ RWC 7s group.


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