Nadi High School plays rugby in Wallis

Ratu Navula flies to Wallis

A team of under 17 students from Ratu Navula High School in Nadi is flying to New Caledonia on Saturday 6 September to participate in a regional 7’s competition.

The invitation by the Wallis and Futuna Rugby Union is a result of the France 2007’s tournament that was organized last year in Nadi by the French Embassy in Suva . On that occasion, teams from the French Pacific territories ( Tahiti , New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna) played and met with local Under 19 secondary school teams.

The warm welcome offered by Ratu Navula High School to the French players, including kava ceremony and traditional dancing, was one of the highlights of the 2007 event. By inviting Ratu Navula, the people of Wallis wish to extend their gratitude and reinforce friendship ties with the whole of Fiji . During their 4 days in capital city Mata-Utu, teams from Fiji , New Caledonia and Wallis not only play, but also enjoy traditional ceremonies with visits to parts of the island.

The French Embassy in Suva has been coordinating the trip and offered fundings for accommodation and meals. Cooperation Attaché Adeline Beving will be travelling with the Fiji team to assist with translation and logistics. The Embassy is glad to assist in a great opportunity to strengthen integration between the French-speaking and English-speaking Pacific.

A self-governing overseas territory of France, the Wallis and Futuna Islands are two groups of islands in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, between Fiji and the Samoas. The islands have a total land area of 321 km2 and a population of 15,435 (2001 est.)- with 60% under the age of 20. Roughly two-thirds of the inhabitants live on Wallis, the other third on Futuna.

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The team will be leaving Nadi airport at 11.55am on Saturday 6 September and will be back in Nadi on Wednesday 10 September at 8am.

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For more information, please contact:

Adeline Beving

Cooperation Attaché

Tel: 9268 762

Email: adbeving@yahoo.fr

Published on 05/09/2008

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