The FIJI Water Flying Fijians will be arriving in Fiji tomorrow evening, reuniting with their families after spending 15 weeks in camp that began in July on Taveuni.
The national XVs side is returning home following their exit from the Rugby World Cup 2023, as they were defeated 24-30 by England in the quarterfinals.
FRFUTB interim chairman Peter Mazey says the whole nation has been anticipating the return of the team.
“It has been a long journey for the team through RWC preparation and through their campaign during the tournament, so they will surely be needing that deserved rest and family time,” Mazey said.
“They have inspired future Flying Fijians with their commitment and sacrifices and we are proud of their achievements during the build-up to the tournament and how they have showcased to the world that Fijian rugby has developed into a force to reckon with in the years to come.”
Head coach Simon Raiwalui, who announced on social media last night that he would not extend his contract beyond December 31 this year, will return to Fiji on a different day.
Raiwalui shared on social media, “I will not be seeking an extension of employment with FRU past 31st December. Thanks again to the players, staff & all the supporters, it has been quite a ride”.
The team departed Paris last night and will transit through Hong Kong and Sydney.
The details of the team’s arrival are as follows:
- Arrive at Nadi Airport on Thursday 19 October 2023
- Estimated time of arrival is 6.55 PM