Best Motivational Rugby Quotes


In the run up to the Fijian Touch Cup we know you’ll have moments of tiredness, even laziness! Juggling a job, friends, family and rugby can be tough and we know exactly how hard it can be at times to keep motivation for training high.

To help give you a little motivational boost when you need it most we’ve found the 10 best inspirational and motivational rugby quote around. Save them as a screensaver, write them on your boots, even get them tattooed on you if that’s what it takes!

The Fijian Touch Cup will be the time of your life, both on and off the pitch. Just keep dreaming of sporting paradise, we’ll be there soon!

I don’t believe in magic. I believe in hard work.
– Richie McCaw

The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle.
– Anonymous

Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.
– Vince Lombardi

The days when you ‘don’t want to’ are the days that you need to.
– Anonymous

You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.
– Zig Ziglar

The pain you feel today will be the strength you feel tomorrow.
– Anonymous

Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.
– George S. Patton

I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life…that’s why I succeed
– Michael Jordan

Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.
– Henry Ford

Rugby is a game all about teamwork and support. To go forwards you must first go backwards.
– Anonymous

What words do you use to keep yourself motivated to train? Comment below with your mantras and mottos, we’d love to heat them!

5 Reasons to Why Fijian Cup is the Best Competition in the Pacific


We may be bias but we truly believe that the Fijian Touch Cup is a unique and special event. For a huge number of reasons the Fijian Touch Cup is one of the best recreational sports tournaments in the Pacific, if not THE best.

We won’t bore you with the hundreds of reasons why but perhaps these five reasons why the Fijian Touch Cup is the best competition in the Pacific may just convince you to join us in sporting paradise.

Let’s break it down;

Official Partners

In order to ensure not only the highest standards of safety and refereeing but to create a world class stage for you to perform upon we have teamed up with the Federation of International Touch, Touch NZ and the Touch Federation of Fiji.

No other touch competition in the Pacific works with three sport governing bodies. In collaborating with the games makers we can bring in top notch coaching, awesome match officials and get you on the radar of the sport’s governing body.

We’ve also teamed up with Fiji Airways to give you the best possible deal on flights, you won’t get this value for money anywhere else!

5* Luxury

This ones not so much related to the sport but plays a bit part in the Fijian Touch Cup as an event. We have teamed up with the Sheraton Fiji and we take over the resort! For four days the place is ours, and in turn yours too.

You have access to their classy fine dining restaurant, their poolside cocktail bar and unlimited snorkeling, kayaking and paddleboarding in the afternoons.

No other recreational sports festival in the Pacific includes 5* accommodation in the competition entry package cost.

Epic Prizes

We know you all want to be in it to win it and what a win it is! Our Fijian Touch Cup prizes amount to more than $50,000 FJD!

Winning teams from the mens, womens and mixed tournament will each win 10 packages for next year’s Fijian Touch Cup including flights, accommodation and competition entry. On top of this winners are also awarded with a cash cheque for $5,000 FJD and a $1,000 FJD bar tab!

There’s also a $500 cash cheque for the most valuable player of the tournament, so bring your A-game!

Giving Back

This is what makes the Fijian Touch Cup so special and therefore the best. In the run up to the festival we fly over to Fiji a selection of Touch NZ’s best coaches and refereeing to run rugby clinics for the local teams. This elite coaching opportunity is a vital chance for local players to realise and unlock their potential.

We also allow local Fijian teams free entry into the competition and offer you the chance to make up your team’s numbers to the full 16 by adopting a keen and super skilled set of Fijians into your group. Just email us at team@tourismhq.com for more info on this.

We have big plans for the Fijian Touch Cup to become a key stakeholder and player development associate for the youth of Fiji. We will have some big announcements coming soon so watch this space.

For now you can buy your package safe in the knowledge that you are playing your part in creating a talent development pathway for Fiji’s rising sporting stars.

Open for All

Provided you are a registered player in New Zealand or Australia you can join us in Fiji. Regardless of your age (as long as you’re 18+) size, gender or experience you and your team can play for your chance to win $50,000 worth of prizes and the pride of being Fijian Touch Cup champions!

Our mens, womens and mixed tournament all have the same value of prizes, everyone gets the same amount of matches before the finals and everyone is treated like the sporting hero they really are.

We are proud to have equality across out tournament, we think it makes for a far more happy and successful event!

We think that the Fijian Touch Cup is the best competition in the Pacific and we intend to keep it that way! Unless the Olympics come, the Olympics are a bit better than us to be fair!

Top 5 Packing Tips for the Fijian Cup


Hey there, international jet-setter you! We know you’ve probably got your packing style down to a fine art but in case you were needing a bit of extra help we thought we’d fire over some of our best packing tips.

We’ve been at this a while now and know how easily it is to forget stuff but it’s also really easy to over pack! Now, we went to Scouts and we always like to be prepared but we’re only in Fiji for 3-nights! You don’t need to bring the full holiday wardrobe AND stash AND dress up stuff for the fancy cocktail night!

We have created a packing list for the guys and for the gals, (LINK) but as seasoned sports festival gurus heed our advice if you wanna pack savvy and travel smart!

Plastic Bag
After a long day strutting your stuff out on the pitch the last thing you’re gonna want to do is wash your kit. Although the Sheraton Fiji does offer a laundry service given that we’re only there for 3-nights we suggest you wait until you get home. Saves you a bit of money too!

We suggest you bring a sturdy plastic bag to shove all of your kit into; boots and all! That way you can keep the smelly, sweaty, grubby stash separate from your fancy holidays clothes.

When you get home just dump it straight in the washing machine and walk away until clean! Easy as!

Foldaway Kit Bag
As your flights include one check-in bag and one carry-on bag we suggest you chuck a foldaway kit back in your check-in bag. Once you get to the Sheraton Fiji and settled in your room you can then make up your day pack to bring to the pitch and leave the rest of your stuff in your room.

Remember to bring layers to put on in between games and for the transfer back to the hotel. Although Fiji is toasty hot you cool down pretty quick after the final whistle blows. Chilly muscles mean injuries and we don’t want that!

Roll, Don’t Fold
This is the golden rule for packing wherever and whenever you travel. Folding your clothes makes them creased AF but if you roll them up tight they stay super smooth and super smart. Not only does this keep your clothes smooth but also saves space meaning you can cram in more stash to show off!

If that sounds like something you’d do, skip to tip 5!

Backpack or Suitcase
We think a backpack is way easier to travel with than a suitcase. As we’re travelling as a group we have a couple of transfers to do, we find that those who travel with backpacks get off and out that bit quicker than those with suitcases.

Remember to put a name tag on your bag so they Sheraton Fiji team know what room to send your bag to!

Pack Light
Like we’ve said, we’re only in Fiji for 4-days you don’t need to bring eeeeeverything with you!

Although it’s a bit of a nightmare in terms of wardrobe; kit, beach clothes and dress up but don’t worry come as you are! If there’s ever been an excuse to pack light it’s the Fijian Touch Cup!

And last but not least, don’t forget your boots!

Fijian Rugby Words and Phrases


Whenever you travel to a foreign country it’s always good to be a good traveller. Part of being a good traveller is learning the lingo. Although English is an official language in Fiji we thought you might like to know some rugby specific lingo to try out on your opponents or even the local players that join your team.

Be sure to reach out to us if you’d like to make up numbers in your team with some local players, we have a long list of kick-ass players dying to pull on a shirt.

We’re sure that your new Fijian rugby buddies will teach you all the naughty words but we’re gonna stick to the rugby focused lingo right here, right now.

Let’s get started!

What time does the game start? – Gauna cava e na tekivu qito?

Yes sir (to the ref) – io saka

Pass the ball – yaco na polo

Pass left – yaco imawi

Pass right – yaco donu

I’m injured – Au sa mavoa

You played well – Ko sa rui qito vinaka

Great skills bro – O Baraca maqosa levu

Your boots are cool – O iko na vava vavaku e batabata

I love rugby – Au taleitaka na rakavi

Rugby is my religion – Na noqu Lotu na rakavi

Basic AF and a little cheesy we admit! But we all agree that after a the Fijian cup we’ll all be saying ‘Au maru, Au sa oca’, I’m happy and I’m tired!

A Brief History of Rugby in Fiji


For the outside world it feels like Fiji has always been a dominating force in world rugby. This has not always been the case. The game of rugby that we know and love was founded in 1823 by a young William Webb Ellis it wasn’t until 61 years later would this incredible sport reach the Pacific Islands.

As a side note the first rugby club in New Zealand wasn’t established until 1870. On 14th May 1870 the first official game of rugby ever to be played in New Zealand took place in Nelson at the Botanics.

It wasn’t until 1884 that rugby reached Fiji and changed the lives of the islanders forever. In a place where a sport has near religious status let’s take a look at a brief history of rugby in Fiji.

Fiji is a rarity, it is one of only a handful of nations where rugby is the primary sport. They share this niche with New Zealand, Wales, Tonga and Samoa; coincidently their biggest rivals too!

In 1884 rugby was first played in Fiji by European and Fijian soldiers on Viti Levu Island where they were stationed for the Native Constabulary at Ba.

By 1900 rugby games were a regular occurrence and even started getting coverage in local media. Admittedly many of the players were military expats; the first rugby competition was created in 1904 and involved a group of civil service personal, constabulary and a couple of locals too.

In 1913 a plumber named Paddy Sheehan from Dunedin and the ex-Otago captain came to Suva to help build the Grand Pacific Hotel. He and his team clocked that there was a need for a formal organisation to oversee what was currently a talented by informal sporting set up.

Sheehan created the Pacific Club and by the end of their first AGM three more clubs had been created and in turn the Fiji RFU. The three other clubs formed were the Services, the Cadets and Rewa. These clubs only played in Suva at this point.

In light of the creation of the Fiji RFU in 1914 the ‘native competition’ was established. This involved local Fijian players led by Ratu Epeli Ganilau. The first ‘native’ clubs were Taipou, Tarirere, Hill and Ofisa (Police) RFC. Within a year the ‘native’ clubs, known as the Fiji Native Union, had joined forces with the Fiji RFU to create a national governing body.

Fiji’s first international match took place in August of 1925 in Apia in Samoa. The kicked off at 7am so that the players had enough time to shower and change and be in work on time. The pitch also had a giant tree on the halfway line!

Fast forward to 1938 and the New Zealand Maori team flew to Fiji to play against the Fiji XV and the Fiji European teams. Many of the Fijian players played in boots for the first time ever in order to honour their international opponents. However at semi-regular intervals during match boots were flung into touch in favour of playing barefoot. A preference still held by many Fijian players.

In 1939 Fiji made the history books by playing heading to tour in New Zealand for an eight match series and coming away unbeaten. Incredibly they beat the New Zealand team seven times with one draw. Again, many of these players still stepped out onto the pitch barefoot, much to the delight and amazement of the Kiwi crowd.

By 1971 rugby in Fiji has exploded. The Fiji RFU was renamed the Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) and there were 750 clubs registered with a total of 10,000 players across 300 Pacific islands.

1977 to 1984 were an epic eight years for Fiji. Not only did they win the Hong Kong Seven twice but also beat the British & Irish Lions at Buckhurst Park More. In 1982 they beat Vancouver XV which kick-started a 15-match winning streak unheard of at the time.

From 1987 to 1995 rugby in Fiji went from triumph to flop. At the first ever World Cup in 1987 Fiji powered through to the quarter-finals before being knocked out by France. In a steady downwards trajectory Fiji failed to even qualifying for the 1995 World Cup.

In the last decade Fijian rugby has vastly improved, particularly in the sevens game a code that Fiji has dominated from day dot.

In 2006 the Fijian women’s team played their first ever test match. In their first game, against Samoa, they lost 15-27 but upped their game in the following match against Tonga smashing them 52-5.
At the 2016 Summer Olympics the Fiji sevens men’s team won gold in a historic win against Team GB; this was the first time sevens was played at the Olympics.

Both the men’s and the women’s rugby scenes in Fiji are developing greatly and with the support of events like the Fijian Touch Cup and the talent development infrastructure it brings we hope to play our part in raising the profile of Fijian rugby world wide.

Our aim is to raise this tiny island nation up to be greater than we could ever dream, to make its mark on the world’s sporting stage.

Dos and Don’ts of Fijian Cup


The Fijian Touch Cup is a totally laid back affair. There are no real rules here but nor is there total anarchy! We know out rugby playing friends have more common sense than punchlines would lead us to believe but there are a few do’s and don’ts everyone should take a look at before they head to the airport.

Some of these are silly, some of them are a tad more serious but these are the unspoken (barely written) rules of the Fijian Touch Cup.

Let’s break it down;

Do Hydrate
A dull one to start with by hydration is SO important. Fiji isn’t crazy hot it’s warmer than most players are used to. Going hard out on the pitch means that you’ve gotta go equally hard out off the pitch and get yourself tanked up on the aqua.

Do Warm-Up and Cool Down
You know the drill, like you actually do know the drills, so do ‘em! There is nothing worse than training all season for a big important tournament like the Fijian Touch Cup only to be struck down by an injury or taken out by a niggle that you could’ve avoid if you did a little stretching!

Do Play Your Best
Goes without saying really. Everyone needs to bring their A-game to Fiji. We’re all about rising together, improving together and playing our little hearts out. Leave nothing on the pitch. Next year is a long way away!

Do Be a Gracious Winner
We’re rugby players, not soccer stars. We win with humility and we win with pride. We don’t rub our win in the faces of our opponents on or off the pitch. Once the final whistle blows we’re back in the friend zone!

Do Be a Gracious Loser
Take your loss, if you lose, on the chin. Learn from your mistakes and misj and move on. Build on your game. Thank your opponents, shake their hands and congratulate them on their win.

Do Be a Cheerleader
If you and your team are knocked out or have a game free be sure to support those who are still on the pitch. Here at the Fijian Touch Cup we are a community, we are each others cheerleaders regardless of what shirt we pull on at game time.

Do Have the Time of Your Life
Easy as really, eh?! We’ve laid on a phenomenal touch rugby festival for you and your team. All you gotta do is get on the plane, get on the pitch and get in the pool! Job done!

Don’t Forget your Boots
You may think this is a silly one, we do to but we have had people rock up bootless before. Don’t be that player!

Don’t Be a D*ck to the Ref
We’re all about peace and love at the Fijian Touch Cup. Dissing the ref, the match officials, the opposition the water runners, the coaches, supporters, bus driver, airplane pilot, the chef, the barman, the cleaners, the cameraman, the dude with the kayaks or the event organising team just ain’t on.

We’re in Fiji not the USA, we ain’t got time for no jocks around here!

Don’t Throw Shade on Your Opponents
Rolling on from the last point, it’s sunny in Fiji, why go throwing shade? We’re all up for a bit of friendly banter or cheeky rivalry but full on disrespect or over the mark winding up will not go down well, will not be tolerated and will be dealt with with legit seriousness.

Don’t Be Hungover on Finals Day
We’re honestly here for a good time not for a long time but don’t go all out on the second night thinking you’re over the hill! Finals day is a big day, a tough day, in need of a clear head day!

As tempting at the Sheraton Fiji bar is, hold off for one more night. Them cocktails will taste all the better after you’ve smashed finals day!

Don’t Miss an Opportunity to Share Your Skills
Like we said, we’re all about peace and love and in creating this little harmonious touch rugby community in Fiji we also encourage you to share your skills, both with the locals and fellow international players. The Fijian Touch Cup has been designed to help up-skill and nurture the talent of all who attend.

If you have a skill to share, a new drill to try out or a sneaky tactic to trial find a tribe and get sharing!

Don’t Miss Breakfast
Our hosts, the 5* Sheraton Fiji, are laying on an epic breakfast buffet every morning. You’ll kick yourself if you skip breakfast mostly because its super tasty and crazy nutritious but also ‘cus it’s a long time til lunch on game days!

Don’t Get Dehydrated
We like to bring things full circle, so we’ll finish where we started. Drink water, don’t get sick, don’t get injured, go home happy!

There you have it, seven do’s and seven don’ts of the Fijian Touch Cup. Pretty easy rules to live by, don’t you agree?

Top Tips for Rookies


Are you heading out for your first Fijian Touch Cup? We are buzzing to meet you and can’t wait to see you show off your skills on the pitch! This year’s tournament is bigger and better than ever and we are so excited you’re gonna be part of it you little Rookie you!

Now, we know you’ve played at heaps of rugby tournaments before, even though you’re a Rookie at the Fijian Touch Cup you’re a seasoned pro when it comes to rugby festivals.

The Fijian Touch Cup is a little bit different so to help you make the most of your time in sporting paradise and to make sure you do it right from the start we’ve created our top tips for Rookies, ‘cus we’re nice like that!

Let’s break it down!

Stretch On the Plane
Start as you mean to go on. Although the flight to Fiji is only a couple of hours long sitting down the whole time is really bad for your blood circulation and can lead to cramp later in the day.

Be sure to get up and take a wander down the aisle every half an hour or so just to keep everything moving. If you wanna go all out you could do a little standing yoga session near the jump seats.

Just remember to wait for the fasten seatbelt sign to go off!

Water Bottle
Along with keeping moving on the plane it’s really important you keep hydrated too. There’s something about being up in the air that just sucks you dry (no mile high club jokes please!).

This goes for the duration of the competition, bring a refillable water bottle with you can keep sipping throughout the day. Did you know that dehydration can cause a dramatic decrease in performance?

Just a 1% loss of body weight in fluids can cause fatigue, reduced endurance and considerable loss of concentration.

Mingle with Other Teams
Although you’re heading to the Fijian Touch Cup with your team be sure to spend some time hanging out with other people when you’re away from the pitch. The Fijian Touch Cup is the perfect place to meet like-minded people and even find new opponents for your team to play against in the coming season.

Joint training sessions and friendly training matches are a great way to up your team’s game and the Fijian Touch Cup is the ideal time to start making new friends.

Get Out on Activities
We’re all about the rugby here at the Fijian Touch Cup but with heaps of free activities included in your package you’d be a fool not to get in on the action.

Now you’re in competition mode the hard work training has been done. Just like with your revision at school if you don’t know it now you never will. Maybe not quite that dramatic but if you’ve not got that left handed spin pass bang on when you arrive, don’t worry. Take some time to relax and enjoy wondrous Fiji. You never know, a bit of relaxation may be all you need to spin one off the wrist to the left!

Raise Your Game
So we’ve told you to relax and now we’re gonna tell you to raise your game Little Rookie it seems we’re being rather confusing!

We think it is possible to relax and raise your game. In fact, the more relaxed you are the more naturally and autonomously you’ll play. A little of the island vibes may be exactly what you need!

Bring you A-game Little Rookie. Although the Fijian Touch Cup is a recreational tournament the competition is tough and the standard of play high.

You, as the newbie, have the opportunity to raise the standard, to give the old hands a run for their money and be the best that you can be!

Go for it! We’ll see you pitch side in Fiji, it’s gonna be epic!

How to Survive the Fijian Touch Cup


The Fijian Touch Cup is a pretty intense few days, not only are you catching two flights in four days but you’re also competing at a high class sporting event…we’re not exaggerating, the standard of play is world class, in an undiscovered diamond in the rough kinda way!

Although you’ve survived many a rugby festival before we thought we’d give you a rundown on how to survive the Fijian Touch Cup just to help you out!

Let’s break it down;

Warm Up & Cool Down

The easiest way to survive the Fijian Touch Cup is to not get injured. The easiest way not to get injured? A comprehensive warm-up and cool down of course!

After the excitement of the finals or the blow of being knocked out the last thing players want to do is a cool down but this is just as important as your warm up; yes, your PE teacher was right!

Whatever the outcome of your final match remember to do a thorough cool down, even if it’s super hot, even if its super chilly, cool down baby!

Hydrate
We probably harp on about this one way too much but one sure fire way to survive the Fijian Touch Cup is to stay hydrated! In the Fijian heat you lose more water than you realise, you don’t have to have gotten super sweaty to be low on fluids.

Dehydration is not only linked to a huge dip in performance but is also the primary cause of heat exhaustion and heat stroke which are deadly serious. Drink up!

Good Night’s Sleep
Although we have a cocktail welcoming drink party on the first night make sure you don’t stay up all night on the dance floor, as tempting as it is! If you wanna survive the Fijian Touch Cup you’ve gotta suck it up and get a couple of early nights!

Stretch on the Plane
Sitting down is really bad for your circulation; sitting down on a plan, in a pressurised cabin does weird shit to your body. Even though the flight to Fiji is only a few hours long be sure to get up and walk about. Make an effort to stretch your legs out and get the blood flowing freely again.

When you get to our hotel take some time to stretch some more or even take a dip in the warm swimming pool. A mini aqua aerobic session may be in order!

Explore
We know you’re all about the rugby but don’t forget that you’ve come to the Fijian Touch Cup for a little holiday too. We have laid on some fantastic activities for you; half day tour of the island, a trip to the Big Bula Waterpark or a visit to Cloud 9.

To help you survive the Fijian Touch Cup you’ve gotta let your hair down, explore Fiji and embrace the island vibes!

Click here for a full rundown of our activities! (LINK)

Party
As sensible of an athlete though you are, you’re here for a good time not for a long time. Once the competition is over don’t dwell on the result head to the bar and get in on the action.

Three sets of tournament winners get a $1000 bar tab to burn on their final night. Try as they might they may be in need of some drinking assistance! Piña Coladas all round team!

Why Book Early


If you’re dead set on joining us at the Fijian Cup you gotta get booking your team’s place ASAP and we’ll tell you why!

We know that rugby players are the laid back, last minute kinda travellers but seriously, if you wanna be playing in paradise you’ve gotta book early.

We Book Up Super Quickly

Does that really surprise you though? To be in with the chance of winning over $50,000 FJD of prizes you’ve got to secure your spot as soon as you can. Everyone wants a piece of the action.

The Fijian Cup is becoming more and more popular year upon year and we predict that this year packages will sell out faster than ever before.

As soon as packages go on sale the race is on! We’ve had people emailing us asking when this year’s packages go on sale for months now and so we know there is already a big crowd of players and supporters ready to click ‘book now’ within minutes of going live.

Accommodation Choice

We are stoked to be teaming up with the 5* Sheraton Fiji resort to accommodate the Fijian Cup crowd for the duration of the competition.

5* luxury it may be but we’d place good money on you still being a bit picky about what kinda room or suite you want. Right?

If you wanna stay in the Lagoon Villa chances are some other jammy buggar wants to as well! Yes, there are several Lagoon Villas but they book out pretty damn quick. It all books out quickly, we keep saying it ‘cus it’s true!

If you want to stay in your chosen room at the Fijian Cup you’ve gotta secure your spot, and that’s super easy…promise!

No Money? No Worries!

Well, not quite! Securing your spot at the Fijian Cup is super cheap and we’ve done that on purpose! Being a little strapped for cash right now doesn’t mean you have to miss out on your place on the pitch.

All you need to secure your place at the Fijian Cup is $50…that’s it!

Once your deposit is paid your place on tour is secured and we’ll email you with your payment options after.

To be fair, what kind of chancer wouldn’t secure their place at the best sporting event in the Pacific for just $50?! Book your place at the Fijian Cup as early as you can, you never know who else has their eyes on the prize!

The Fijian Cup touch rugby tournament ballot is being drawn, marking the start of the road to the tournament

The Fijian Cup touch rugby tournament is set to heat up with the ballot now being drawn for the tournament.

With the countdown for the tournament being less than 250 days away, teams are now gearing towards one of the most exciting and lucrative touch rugby tournaments to be held around the world.

“We are extremely excited for the ballot to be done and the competition draw to be released. It will add a sense of realism to the tournament. The touch rugby will be awesome and the location even better” says TourismHQ, the organisers of the tournament.

The Fijian Cup is complimented by the Kava Cup women’s competition and both will run across two days. Afternoons will be spent relaxing in luxury accommodation with parties being run in the evenings for athletes to unwind.

“We are expecting that for years to come we will have teams continually coming back. We are attracting some high-quality players, which will add more competition to the tournament and see it ranked highly with similar competitions across the world.“

The tournament will be overseen by the Touch Federation of Fiji, who will appoint a Senior Technical Official to ensure that the tournament runs smoothly.

With the ballot now being drawn, teams will be closely following all information to come on the tournament. The tournament is going to be the ultimate touch tournament in paradise.

Head to www.fijiancup.com to find out all you need to know around tournament logistics.

Contact Fijian Cup

Email: team@tourismhq.com

Website: fijiancup.com

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