Paul Christopher

Paul Christopher

Hong Kong

Fiji rugby star's secret to maintaining balance


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02 April 2019

This week we were proud to welcome Mourant Fiji Army team members, including Captain Isake Katonibau, to Rúla Búla to celebrate the opening of the 2019 GFI HKFC 10s.

Our Hong Kong Managing Partner, Paul Christopher, caught up with Mourant Fiji Army Captain Isake Katonibau to find out more about life off, as well as on, the rugby pitch.

When asked how he balances a demanding military career with playing for the Fiji national rugby team, Isake explained, “it’s tough to manage military work as well as rugby, but we handle it well because of our training. We really learn how to manage our time”.

Isake, who will be “aiming for the cup” at this week’s GFI HKFC 10s Sevens tournament, and Paul also discussed the importance of diversity, a core value of Mourant and a hot topic for the sport in 2019.

“Women’s rugby is really growing right now in Fiji, we have a national women’s team too. Balance is a priority for us - in fact I was there with them earlier this year helping out with preparation for the Sevens. It’s important that women’s teams receive just as much support and a chance to prosper.”

Paul, speaking of the firm's support of the team, "This type of sponsorship not only complements our core brand idea of global perspective, as the tournament attracts top teams from across the world putting Hong Kong on the centre stage, it also reflects core values that are really important to us – teamwork, collaboration, well-being and sportsmanship. We know Fiji Army will bring these attributes to Hong Kong, along with the creativity and flair for which Fijian players are renowned."

Since 1986, the Hong Kong 10’s has been organised by the Hong Kong Football Club, who held it to commemorate the club’s centenary. Subsequently it has grown to become the world’s best rugby 10’s tournament, playing host to some of the globes top players and teams.

Mourant has a track record of successful partnerships with HKFC 10s tournament teams, sponsoring the Samurai squad in 2016 and 2017.