Flying Fijians present i tatau
23 August, 2011
|All the President's men - Fiji's President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and members of the Flying Fijians to the RWC. |
The Flying Fijians presented their i tatau
to the Fiji President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau ahead of their departure next week to the Rugby World Cup (RWC) in New Zealand.
Ratu Epeli warned the team of the weight of expectation upon their shoulders from almost everyone in Fiji, not least himself.
“The expectation that you expect from yourselves, the coaches, the Fiji Rugby Union, the people of Fiji – your country men and women – is no different from the expectations I have for you” Ratu Epeli said.
“I wish you the very best and that you will acquit yourselves well in New Zealand during the Rugby World Cup, and it’s a long World Cup, and that you’ll be successful at that World Cup.”
All 30 of Fiji's RWC players are now in camp and the squad has been given a boost with the return of newly appointed Waratahs coach, Michael Foley, to assist head coach Sam Domoni and his coaching staff.
The Flying Fijians depart Fiji for Auckland on 29 August and open their RWC 2011 campaign against Namibia at the Rotorua International Stadium on 10 September, before tackling defending champions South Africa, Samoa and Wales in their remaining Pool D encounters.