“Hold your heads high”.

This was the message by the President Ratu Wiliame Maivalili Katonivere to the Flying Fijians team after their 32-26 loss to Wales in the Rugby World Cup 2023 group stages.

President Katonivere said the team played a hard fought game and he was proud of their performance.

“This is just the first game, do not give up, because Fiji still believes in you!”.

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales also visited the Fiji camp and said the team had given the Welsh team a hard fought match, and wished them luck in their next game against Australia.

Meanwhile, the Minister for Youth and Sports, Jese Saukuru, takes immense pride in congratulating the Flying Fijians for their exceptional performance in the opening match of the 2023 Rugby World Cup against Wales.

Despite the unfortunate 32-26 loss, the Flying Fijians poured their heart and soul into the game, leaving a lasting impression on everyone. Their extraordinary display of talent, commitment, and unwavering dedication has deeply resonated with the Fijian people.

On behalf of the Coalition Government and the entire nation, Minister Saukuru applauds the team for embodying the true spirit of Fiji and exemplifying the values of hard work and determination.

The Minister acknowledges the tremendous sacrifices made by the players and coaching staff to represent Fiji on the global stage, assuring them of unwavering support and encouragement from the Government.

Looking ahead, Fiji eagerly anticipates the upcoming matches against Australia on 18th September, 2023, followed by Georgia on 1st October, 2023, and Portugal on 9th October, 2023.

Minister Saukuru is confident that the Flying Fijians will continue to exhibit their tenacity and skill, solidifying their position as a formidable force in the world of rugby.

“Defeat should never extinguish the flame within; instead, it should fuel a stronger determination to overcome challenges.”

Minister Saukuru urges the team to keep their heads held high, knowing that the entire nation stands firmly behind them, offering unwavering support every step of the way.

Once again, on behalf of the Government of Fiji, the Minister for Youth and Sports extends heartfelt congratulations to the Fiji Water Flying Fijians for their outstanding effort against Wales. He assures them that Fiji will be cheering them on throughout the tournament with unwavering support.