Thanks to the SportCares program, youth from East Spring Secondary had a chance to play touch rugby and pick up a few tips from the stars of HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series leader Fiji this afternoon.
The Fijians stayed back an extra day in Singapore to meet the youth under the SportCares program and spent half hour playing rugby and sharing tips with the kids. Photo: Rugby Singapore
Said Oh Ting Yuan, age 14: "It was a tough session, but fun. The Fiji players are really good and it was nice to be able to learn more about rugby with their advice. I will definitely treasure this once in a lifetime opportunity."
Fiji lost to Kenya 7-30 in Sunday's HSBC Singapore Sevens final but are still top of the World Sevens Series standing with two legs remaining in Paris and London.
Ben Ryan, Head Coach of Fiji, said: "We are delighted to come to East Spring Secondary school today and share with the boys our expertise of rugby. Sport can change lives and give children confidence, give them new skills, how to treat people, team work and the difference between what is right and wrong. We are just delighted to have come down. They are a great bunch and I hope that they have enjoyed themselves."
Youth from East Spring Secondary and the rugby stars from Fiji pose for a group photo. Photo: Rugby Singapore
Added Douglas Danapal, Commercial Manager of Rugby Singapore: "We have got Fiji who have stayed back to do a little bit of community work with our boys through SportCares This was the basis of why we set out to do the 7s in the first place. We have big events and event led strategy to make sure that our community benefits as well. This is absolutely brilliant that these boys have a team Fiji all to themselves for a session. Hopefully we can plan more of such sessions next year, where the community can see more of such big rugby stars."
Fiji, the defending World Sevens Series champion, departs for Fiji tomorrow.