Fijians Flying In The Edinburgh Dreich

The Scots have over 400 words to describe the weather, from flaggie (snowflake) to Haar (a mist rolling in from the east). 

In a 24 hour period at the weekend, Edinburgh experienced a meteorological smorgasbord, as Friday’s thundersnow gave way to smirr (fine drizzle) 

But nothing could dampen Fiji’s joy following two weeks in quarantine, at a motel in St Etienne, after 27 of their players tested positive for Covid-19.

The squad were left isolated in individual rooms with meals left outside their doors. They were allowed outside to stroll in the motel car park one by one, so to finally play a game of rugby against Georgia at Murrayfield must have been a mighty release.

It had been 423 days since Fiji last played an international match, and a victory that included 6 tries, 3 of which came from Nemani Nandolo, was a testament to their character.

Coach Vern Cotter said that the lockdown experience in France had made the players grow and become better both individually and as a team.

Georgia played their own part in an entertaining match, with 3 tries of their own, and they will have benefited hugely from playing quality opposition in the Autumn Nations Cup.

As the mist cleared on top of Arthur’s Seat and a patch of blue appeared above Murrayfield, the Fijians thoughts may have turned to sunny Suva, but “Auld Reekie” and its dreich will do just fine for now.


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