Fiji: Stronger than Winston Rugby

Stronger together, weaker apart. A theme suitable given the recent destruction of Cyclone Winston, the strongest cyclone to have ever hit the Southern hemisphere on record.

Rugby, in particular, brings people together in Fiji as naturally as a coconut to gravity.

The Uprising Beach Resort, a favourite among our volunteers on the Coral Coast, partnered with the West Seven Series and Spain 7s to host the #StrongerThanWinston Rugby 7s Fundraising Appeal.

The Spanish national side, who have been training in Fiji to up their sevens game, and went on to win the Uprising tournament, not only donated the $2000 prize money to the Relief effort, but also created a fundraising account for the Fiji Red Cross Society on behalf of the global rugby community for the Cyclone Relief.

Among the Spanish 7s, were the Army, Army Nadroga, Barracudas, Hillview, McDonald’s Saunaka, Police, Samurai, Tabadamu, Uprising, Wardens, and Westfield, all strong 7s sides of Fiji who played hard to the support of the attending crowds.

The team that gave the greatest battle against the Spain 7s were the Wardens in the semi-finals with a final score of 15-14. The final was between the Spain 7s and the Police, with Spain winning a 24-14 clear lead.

The staff, one of our local partners and the volunteers all came along to support the event, to be entertained and to provide easily the loudest cheer. It was fun to yell in both Fijian and Spanish, and join in the spirit of the game.

The organisation was last minute, but wonderfully done. The live music by InsideOut was, as always, fantastic, and all games were on schedule. It was a great way to spend the weekend, and all for a good cause.

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