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Spanish Rugby Sevens team become heroes of Fiji's Hurricane Winston
22 February 2016 @ 22:29

SPAIN'S Rugby Sevens team braved 230-kilometre-per-hour winds to protect guests on a beachfront resort when Hurricane Winston struck the Pacific island of Fiji.

The men's side was in the Uprising Resort when the level-5 cyclone hit, bringing gusts of up to 360 kilometres per hour and a constant wind of 230km/h, threatening to flatten the entire complex and everyone in it.

But the players filled sandbags and lined them up on the shore, keeping the massive tidal waves at bay.

Guests were evacuated immediately, although trees came down all over the complex and many of the rooms filled up with sand.

By stopping the tidal waves, though, the Spanish rugby players are likely to have saved lives – and although it will take at least another week to clean up, resort manager James Pridgeon says it could have been a lot worse.


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