RWC Diary Day 22 - Double whammy
20 September, 2011
|Flying Fijians show their support for stroke victim and Fiji Women's Cricket captain Losalini Vuetibau. |
Well today’s been a bit of a double whammy for us with news Dominiko Waqniburotu has been suspended for three weeks after being cited for an illegal tackle; while lock Wame Lewaravu has a finger injury which is likely to sideline him for at least two weeks.
It’s popular opinion that Waqaniburotu was one of our best players in the defeat to South Africa last Saturday while Lewaravu was also outstanding, so the loss of these two players at this stage of the tournament is going to be difficult to say the least. Needless to say we’re likely to appeal Waqaniburotu’s suspension which seems a wee bit on the harsh side. Let’s hope we have better luck with the appeal process.
With regard Lewaravu’s finger injury, while he’s still able to do light training, he’s won’t be able to regain any free movement in his finger for at least two weeks - according to our medical staff - which means he’s likely to be right for the quarters. Lewaravu’s finger injury is being seen by a specialist tomorrow which should give us a clearer indication of when he’s likely to be fit again.
This morning, at training, school children from the Mount Smart area brought a great deal of colour to the team’s training session as they painted themselves up in Fiji’s colours, waved Fiji flags and cheered for Fiji - which was quite amusing as most of them looked like they were of Samoan heritage.
You know Auckland is a place that’s full of Mounts. For instance we’re staying on Mount Wellington, we train in Mount Smart, and we’ve driven past a Mount Rangitoto on our travels through Auckland – apparently it has something to do with all the volcanic activity around here. Why don’t they just call them volcanoes – actually on second thoughts perhaps Mount is better.
Sometimes when we get caught up in all the hype of a tournament it’s easy to forget ourselves and to get carried away on the fortunes of our team – we laugh and cheer when the team wins and scream and cry when it loses. For many players being able to participate and enjoy the cheer thrill of pitting their skill and talent against an opponent is one of the real joys of sport. When that joy is suddenly taken away it can be devastating, so spare a thought this week - during all your emotions over the Flying Fijians - for Losalini Vuetibau who captained the Fiji Women’s Cricket team earlier this year in Vanuatu.
Hailing from Lasekau Village, Bau in the province of Tailevu, Losalini suffered a stroke three weeks ago here in Auckland and now has severe weakness in the left side of her body. This means she has only minimal movement and feeling and is now confined to a wheel chair.
|Fiji Women's Cricket captain Losalini Vuetibau (right) and a team mate. |
What makes this story even sadder is the fact Losalini at 38 years of age is a mother to four year old Elijah. Today down at the Mount Smart training ground the Flying Fijians gave their support to Losalini sending their well wishes by posing for a photograph with a note giving their support to ‘Losi’.
Speedy recovery Losalini!
Until tomorrow, moce mada. View the Flying Fijians RWC 2011 photo gallery.
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