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For Fiji, God is the ultimate motivation

Nakarawa says faith gives him perspective. Photo: Zimbio

Nakarawa says faith gives him perspective. Photo: Zimbio

As the Rugby World Cup countdown enters the last few hours, England and Fiji are going through their final preparations. The rugby playing world will focus on Twickenham on Friday night but the Fijian players’ ultimate attention is elsewhere: on God.

When TV pundits begin their post-match analysis, keep an eye out for the Fijian team. Win or lose, they will gather to pray.

Christian Today visited the squad at their team hotel in Surrey and found that behind one of the most aggressive, physical teams in rugby, the Fijian players are united by a deeply held Christian faith.

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Folau says a broken ankle was a wake-up call

Fullback Israel Folau celebrates the Super Rugby final win with the Waratahs. Photo: Getty Images

Fullback Israel Folau celebrates the Super Rugby final win with the Waratahs. Photo: Getty Images

Israel Folau believes God broke his ankle in 2009 to teach him a lesson about boozy weekends and random one-night stands with women.

Folau believes God took him out of the NRL to endure two years of toil in the AFL to humble him.

Then, only after Folau had reconnected with God, did He open the door to rugby, in which he now stands as the man to end 12 years of Australian agony by leading the Wallabies to victory over the All Blacks in tonight’s Bledisloe Cup opener.

And if you think Folau is crazy, he doesn’t care.

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