RWC Diary Day 24 - Fish bowl
22 September, 2011
|Positive signs for Wame Lewaravu's finger injury. |
Teams travelling around in the Rugby World Cup can sometimes feel as if they’re in a fish bowl. With so many people looking in at them it’s enough to make even the most gregarious of persons want to curl up and hide. This evening was an interesting example when the team was invited by a former Fiji resident to have dinner at what turned out to be a fast food restaurant.
The dinner was delicious – great chicken and a decent sized burger – but being a fast food joint there was little privacy for the players to fully enjoy the meal. Eating in an open area it was almost as if we were in a fish bowl with people looking in and pointing fingers, cameras, and pens at the players as they ate. It wasn’t the most ideal of situations for a dinner but the Flying Fijians took it all in their stride as they ate, posed for photographs and signed autographs without any fuss at all.
On the rugby front and signs look very positive for Wame Lewaravu after having visited a specialist with regard his injured finger. While an official diagnosis is yet to be forwarded to team management it’s understood Lewaravu could be training again as soon as next week.
Lewaravu’s replacement at lock this Sunday is likely to be Nadroga’s Sekonaia Kalou, however the official announcement on this will be made at the media conference to officially announce the team at 11 in the morning.
Talking of Sunday, Scotland prop Euan Murray is making a stand for his faith and refusing to play on Sunday; so it’s interesting to note the IRB has scheduled two deeply religious sides – Fiji and Samoa - to play their important pool match on a Sunday.
International sport (the IRB is not alone in this) does not yet recognize the value or importance of respecting a team’s faith by not scheduling fixtures on a Sunday. However the dollar bill dictates most things in this day and age and it’s the paying and watching public and worldwide television audiences who dictate Sunday games should be played.
The team continues to be inundated with the support of many of you and each goodwill message lifts the spirit high. The players and everyone here are clear of the challenge ahead and there is a strong and determined feeling running throughout the team.
The team holds its Captain’s Run at Eden Park at 1:00 PM on Saturday with kick-off in the game between Fiji and Samoa scheduled for 3:30 PM on Sunday.
Until tomorrow, moce mada. View the Flying Fijians RWC 2011 photo gallery.
View video highlights of the Flying Fijians in New Zealand.
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