Flying Fijians Coaches conducted a clinic followed by a welcome ceremony in Pornic


Flying Fijians Coaches Wednesday conducted a short coaching clinic at the team’s training ground in Pornic

While the Flying Fijians were on a day off from training, the coaches were invited to attend a coaching clinic that had around 60 kids from Rugby Club Pornic and Rc Trignqc Rugby Club.

It was a scene of excitement in the kids as their parents also came in to witness the session and following that had an opportunity to meet, take photographs, and autographs from the coaches.

Flying Fijians Head Coach Simon Raiwalui together with assistant coaches Glen Jackson, Senirusi Seruvakula, Graham Dewes, Brad Harris and Seremaia Bai conducted the clinic.

Rugby Club Pornic President Alan Gendrot said “It is a fantastic moment for the kids to have the Fijian coaches here and it’s also a once-a-lifetime experience for them.”

He said, “We also have local coaches part of the clinic today and they might learn a few things and help these kids in the future.”

Coach Simon Raiwalui said “It’s a great opportunity to work with the community. We are very happy to stay in Pornic and we would like to say thank you to everyone and seeing the children was really a pleasure for us.

Meanwhile, the FIJI Water Flying Fijians attended a welcome ceremony hosted by the Mayor of the Pornic. Fans poured in numbers as the team took a stroll from the hotel to the town center. They received a warm welcome from the fans who then got a chance to meet the players.

Flying Fijians captain Waisea Nayacalevu handed over a signed Flying Fijians jersey to the Mayor and thanked everyone for their great support throughout the week.

“On behalf of the FIJI Water Flying Fijians, I would like to thank the Mayor and the people of Pornic for being such a great host. We have a good few days in terms of training and the boys are looking forward to playing against France” said Nayacalevu.

Meanwhile, Flying Fijians Head Coach Simon Raiwalui invited a few players to assist them with numbers in their full contact session this week.

Former Flying Fijians and Fijian 7s 2005 World Cup winner Jone Daunivucu was also part of the group that had a ran with the Flying Fijians.

The evergreen 42-year-old said it’s always a special moment to be part of the Flying Fijians and he was overwhelmed by being invited to assist the team.

Daunivucu said “Thanks for the opportunity and a Vinaka Vakalevu to the management of the FIJI Water Flying Fijians for inviting us to attend the contact session and assist them in preparing for the match against France.”

Also part of the session were France-based former Naitasiri player Jo Nasilisili, his son Inoke Nasilisili and former Flying Fijians and Fiji Warriors lock Sevenaca Tabakanalagi.

Daunivucu has four test matches under his belt while playing for Flying Fijians in 2007 and was also part of the dream team which won the Sevens World Cup.

He said the team is well prepared and ready to put up a tough challenge against the host on Sunday.

“This team is well prepared to face France and they are ready for this encounter. I can see the boys are happy, fit, and excited for the big challenge ahead of us” he said.

There is a huge fan following for the Flying Fijians and Daunivucu has requested all the Fijians living in Nantes to come down in numbers when Fiji takes on France.

“To all the Fijians here in France, this team is special and will do something special. I request all of you to come out in numbers and support the Flying Fijians because they need the support on the game day” said Daunivucu.

Flying Fijians take on France at 7am {FJT} on Sunday.