Sale's Sevens Diary - Buckingham Palace
21 May, 2011
|Digicel Fiji 7s team manager, Sale Sorovaki |
We had a visit from former Fiji captain and team mate of mine Mojee Rauluni. He is an academy coach with Saracens and, from our conversation, enjoying his new calling. It was good to see him again after so many years.
This morning the team had a pool session followed by some stretching before we proceeded to breakfast. Joe Savou had asked to go and visit his son (Filimoni) in Yorkshire. Apparently he has been one of the standout performers for the U16s here in England. We wish Fili well in his studies and rugby at Terrington Hall School.
After breakfast our ever faithful liaison officers, John Howard and Phil Greenhalgh, took us into London where we were met by Derek Derenalagi. We wanted to be in time for the changing of the guards at 11:00 am. We were certainly not disappointed as there were masses of people around Buckingham Palace.
It was like everyone at the front of the palace was reliving the Royal Wedding that took place two weeks ago. We parked at the Guards Barracks which houses the Regiment that looks after the Palace. We met a Fijian in that regiment from Ra, Eparama Lala. He also became our tour guide instantly as there were Kadavu and Nadroga players in the team. He had no choice really!
Watching the parade at the Buckingham Palace was worth writing home about so here you go. London has so much history and places that we have only heard about.
From Buckingham Palace, we walked down to Westminster Abbey where the actual Royal Wedding took place. Talk about reliving the moment. It was a great day for us as we were back on the bus by 1pm returning to the hotel. It has been a wonderful day which I’m sure the boys enjoyed. Check out the photos on our facebook site.
Whilst the tour around London has been interesting and exciting, the main reason for us being here is still to come and that takes place at Twickenham where Portugal is destined to meet us at 11:15 am tomorrow morning.
We had a pool session at 4:30 pm before dinner. We had devotion at 8:30 pm and the jerseys were presented by Derek Derenalagi. There were a few relatives of players who came around to pick up tickets. Sireli Naqelevuki also paid us a visit.
The day had been organised to take the players’ minds away from rugby for a while before we meet Portugal.
Moce mada. View photos of the team at the England and Scotland 7s on Fiji Rugby's facebook page.
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