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Re: Edinburgh University 15 Uni of West of England 23
Posted by: gran
Date: 18/03/2008 22:07
Its basically the immigrant Indian community v the indigenous Fijian although this is simplifying things, but theres a lot of political trade off in playing the race card.
The Army Commander with the guns and support from a group of influential politicians who failed to get elected ousted the properly elected Government late in 2006, the 4th coup in 19 years.
Foreign aid stopped and tourism, the main industry, was badly affected. Australia and NZ get rightly exasperated in having to step in with more tax money to restore proper governance in the Pacific nations, having had to intervene in Solomon Is, Papua New Guinea, and bail out just about every other nation in the area.
But enough of this, the good news is that there is an endless supply of raw rugby talent. The issue that is almost as important as the coup, is the team for the HK 7.s where they are licking their wounds from successive IRB 7's defeats by NZ. (Afraid England might as well stay at home this year!) In fiji there is a cadre that would bring back 39 year old Serevi for yet another swan song in HK, and if they lose then the nation goes into collective depression.
But one final point, there is an enormous amount of raw natural talent at rugby, where pre school kids play with a coconut in every village. there is no telly, no electricity if the generator is not working, but there is rugby....
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