The Fiji rugby sevens team offered a show of inclusivity by lifting up the ball girl ahead of their New Zealand Sevens final victory over USA in Hamilton.

The team lifted their second consecutive world circuit title but earned praise for their gesture in the build-up to the 38-0 six-try rout.

The ball girl can be seen running on to the pitch before the match to present the ball to the teams.

“Anybody is part of our family. A ball girl coming in there has as much right to be on this rugby field as anyone else.”

As she does so, the Fiji team wait for her in the middle of the pitch, and as she approaches they lift her up.

Each player in the team helps support her and they hold her aloft for several seconds to allow her to take in the applause of the crowd.

Once finished, they safely lower her back to the ground and take the ball as she sprints from the pitch.

Head coach Gareth Baber said: ‘Humility is a big part of the values we talk about as a team.

‘Anybody is part of our family, a ball girl coming in there has as much right to be on this rugby field as anybody else.

‘It is very special for us to have people support us like that.’

Having won the first-ever rugby sevens Olympic gold at Rio 2016, the team have continued their recent domination of the sport. They now move on to the Sydney Sevens event looking for a third straight win.

 

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