Imagine being awakened by screams like “vamatei koya” (kill him) or tackle him!!
And not just the screams but the angry tone and the stomping of floors or walls that comes with it too. As a child who loved her sleep, that was the rudest and worst awakening ever! Still is for all children. But the older I got the more I obviously got used to it.
Now after a few decades, I’m hooked not just to the sport but to our very own Fijian boys too, regardless of what kind of rugby they play. Their dedication and love for the sport makes us love it too.Embed from Getty Images
I asked a few friends what they loved about rugby, for most girls it’s of course seeing our boys in their short shorts and in action. To some it’s when our boys win (I wonder what they do when they lose). Anyway, I thought of also listing down my reasons; what do I love about rugby? I summed all those reasons up with one thing, one word, Adrenaline!
When there are Fijian boys playing, no matter what kind of rugby or what team they’ve moved on to, there will be a rush of adrenaline through them and us watching too!
Watching rugby is like watching a thriller, when the movie is almost finished and the main guy thinks it’s almost over but out of nowhere jumps a bad guy and tackles him. And you’re there in front of your tv yelling your lungs out for him to get up!
Or like when a team playing against Fiji is almost winning but our boys intercept and grab the ball, pass it along and score a try and its followed by the full time bell. And Fijians all over the globe watching yell out the victorious “yaay”!! In our Fijian homes you hear somebody yells out a joyful “taki” and somebody else pipes up “oti qo lose tale” (after this we mix again- it’s the kava they mean haha).Embed from Getty Images
Yep, that’s rugby. If that game was a final and Fiji just won the Cup, there will be fireworks and screams and cars on our roads tooting their car horns which doesn’t bother anybody at all because its rugby. And when Fiji wins, the whole of Fiji loves the noise! On our social media pages there will be post after post congratulating our boys and of course let’s not forget to mention how everybody wishes the next day should be a public holiday in memory of that win (nobody’s wish has ever been granted yet).
You see, there’s so many reasons that makes one fall in love with a country. Rugby is one of those reasons; if it wasn’t for rugby most people wouldn’t have heard of Fiji. If it wasn’t for rugby, most of our Fijian boys wouldn’t be married. Finding it hard to find a wife dear Fijian men?- wear short shorts and play good rugby. Haha.
But let’s be serious, our Fijian boys have been portraying their love and gratitude for God to others without realizing it. The short prayers at the starting of games, the prayers at the end of matches, or even the early morning and after matches hymn singing in the shower (yep we’ve seen those videos boys).
With rugby played all over the world, our boys have showed the globe that through God, through dedication and of course a lot of training, anything is possible! Rugby- it’s more than just a sport!
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