THE LA 7s match went off with a bang final weekend and Isireli and Anitra Lewanavanua had a blast with household and associates.
Anitra Lewanavanua hails from Motusa, Rotuma having maternal hyperlinks to Haroa Rotuma.
She attended Annesley Major and Suva Methodist Major earlier than attending Fulton School in Tailevu.
Her husband Mr Lewanavanua hails from Nagigi Village in Savusavu, Cakaudrove, having maternal hyperlinks to Korocau Village in Cakaudrove.
He had attended Seventh-Day Adventist Major Faculty in Suvavou and Vatuvonu and later attended Kama District Faculty.
From Kama District Faculty Mr Lewanavanua went on to attend Savusavu Secondary Faculty, Labasa Sangam School and Nasinu Secondary Faculty.
The couple who’ve lived in California for the previous 16 years are actually regulars at the USA 7s collection leg yearly with their sons Metui and Kili.
“Yearly we sit up for attending the 7s match right here in the USA, it’s an thrilling time,” Mr Lewanavanua mentioned.
“We meet up with household and associates who journey from everywhere in the US in addition to from different international locations.
“This 12 months, we had households from PNG, Florida, Fiji, San Francisco, Sacramento, and Seattle and across the Los Angeles space.
“We meet new folks to they usually develop into associates who develop into household. “In every single place you flip, in every single place you look you see a Fiji flag.
“Round 60 to 65 per cent of the gang that attend the US 7s tournaments are Fijians, however the entire crowd goes loopy when Fiji will get on the sector.
“They are saying the earth strikes when Fiji performs.” He mentioned on Saturday (final week), the climate was principally hail and heavy rain, whereas on Sunday there was no rain in any respect. “Aside from some cloudiness there was sunshine all through the day with temperatures within the higher 40 to 50 levels Celsius,” he mentioned.
“As for the environment, who can beat it! “The Los Angeles 7s was an effective way to get away from a busy schedule and benefit from the weekend with household and other people from throughout.”
He mentioned the spotlight of the match for them after the video games was once they met up with the 7s wizard, Waisale Serevi.
“Not everybody will get to have that chance. It was very particular, particularly for our younger folks,” he mentioned.
“After that fantastic assembly with Serevi we then made our approach again residence – sadly for some it was a seven to eight hour journey again residence.”