Sale's Sevens Diary - Edinburgh Castle
26 May, 2011
|(L-R) Sale Sorovaki, John Jeffries, Jo Savou, Scott Hastings and Dale Tonawai. |
We are here on our second day and somehow, the week seems to have gone slow. Apolosi Satala arrived last night and he is sharing a room with me. We played together about 11 years ago for the Warriors in Lautoka against the NZ Maoris. I was just finishing and he was still a youngster then. He is pleased to be here and I know that he is a worthy replacement for Sete (Cakau).
The day started with a scrimmage against Kenya. It was a much more organised affair compared to last week’s against Samoa in London. Our hosts put up some morning tea for us at the grounds and the Kenyans were also there to witness first hand Fijian hospitality. A TV crew from Kenya was there asking questions and Dale was interviewed by them.
The weather was not so cold today as we were walking around in shorts. Edinburgh is the Athens of Europe. It is rich in history and culture. The boys had a free afternoon and some took time to see relatives while some went to visit a dungeon. The dungeon is now an adventure trip and is not for the fainthearted. I was told by our Liaison Officers that the Fijian boys made the most noise inside.
All team Managers, Coaches and Captains attended the formal evening welcoming all participating teams. Scotland’s Minister for Sports welcomed everyone before Scott Hastings who is the Scottish Rugby Union Sevens Ambassador said a few words. The original ‘white shark’ John Jefferies was also in attendance and it was photo time for us.
They are very pleasant fellows and it was indeed a privilege to meet them. The function was held at the Grand Hall whereby in the olden days, the hall would be used for banquets and stuff. The Pipe Band put on a display, before the leader of the band drank a glass of whiskey given by the Minister of Sports. Wouldn’t mind his job, wonder how one becomes the leader of a pipe band.
However it’s a pity that they will probably move next season’s tournament to Wales with now London to be the last leg. Scotland has always struggled to get the turnstiles moving. With a new format for next year, there is an air of excitement about it all.
Bill Ure our LO said that Edinburgh is the new city and is more than one hundred years old. I wonder how old the old city would be? Edinburgh Castle is in the middle of Edinburgh and is built on a rock. The view from the castle is breathtaking and it must have been handy during those medieval days.
That’s all from Scotland for now.
Moce mada View photos of the team at the England and Scotland 7s on Fiji Rugby's facebook page.
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