Baber explains why they lifted the ball-girl
January 28, 2019 12:05 pm
The Fiji Airways men’s 7s team have been acknowledged all around the world after they lifted the little girl who brought them out the match ball in the final against the USA at the Hamilton tournament.
World Rugby says it is something truly unique to rugby sevens and thanked the Fiji 7s team for doing it.
— World Rugby Sevens (@WorldRugby7s) January 27, 2019
National team coach Gareth Baber gave the reason behind it and says everyone needs to be respected.
“Humanity is a big part of our values, we talk as a team, anybody is part of our family. A ball girl coming in there is much as likely to be on this rugby field as anybody else”
– Coach Gareth Baber
A very special lesson on life. 🇫🇯 pic.twitter.com/sGUNXPEOA7
— Fiji 7s Team (@Fiji7sTeam) January 27, 2019
Obviously, humility is a part of that values we talk of as a team and you know anybody’s part of our family, a ball girl coming in there is much right to be on the rugby field as anybody else. It’s very special for us to have people in the sport like that.
Meanwhile, the Fiji 7s side is pooled with Samoa, England, and Japan at the Sydney tournament which will be played this weekend in Australia.
Fiji 7s side begins its campaign against Japan at 12.34pm on Saturday then face England at 6.02pm and plays Samoa in its final pool match at 10.07pm.
The Cup quarter-final begins at 1.16pm on Sunday, semi-final starts at 5.16pm and the final is scheduled for 5.38pm.
You can watch the entire tournament live on FBC TV.