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The 1951 Team practising
[Fiji in the Forties and Fifties, pl. 4]
Book illustration, based on gelatin silver print
Private collection of Ginnie Marlow
Used with the kind permission of Ginnie Marlow and Thomson Pacific Ltd.
This photograph is included in the book "Fiji in the Forties and Fifties" Photography by Rob Wright, Text by Sir Ian Thomson, Edited by Peter Thomson (Thomson Pacific Ltd., 1994, ISBN: 0473027402)
Accompanying text in book:
"Photos 4 + 5 recall to mind former heroes of the sport of rugby union, a team game played by most male Fijians. The game was introduced into Fiji in the Twenties from New Zealand and quickly took hold. By the later Thirties a Fiji Rugby side was able to tour New Zealand, playing various provinces and the New Zealand Maoris. They contested thirteen matches and were undefeated, winning"
Further comment by Ginnie Marlow (May 2007):
"Rugby is the main sport in Fiji and Fiji are still World Champions."