Local village to host World Sevens Champions

The Fijian chiefly village of Nawaka in Nadi will be hosting the Fiji 7s team for a grand feast and celebration today.

The village is the home of the sevens Rookie of the Year, Ratu Meli Derenalagi.

Nawaka has produced sensational rugby players over the years such as former Fiji reps- the “Man Mountain” Semisi Naevo and his brother Apisai Naevo.

Apisai Naevo says the celebration is not only for the village but also for the ‘Vanua (Land) of Nawaka’

“It’s been after ten years then another son of Nawaka has don the national jersey and made the country proud.”

“Ratu Meli Derenalagi’s performance has made us, the villagers of Nawaka proud. At a very young age is already a role model for the youths in the village,” he said.

A feast will be prepared for the team and entertainment by the village ‘Meke’ (Fijian dance) group.

The Fiji 7s team arrived at the Nadi International Airport this morning and is making their way to Nawaka.


Josephine Navula