(CNN) — As a young child in Fiji, rugby star Waisale Serevi strained to hear tales of his heroes through the crackles of an old transistor radio.
Those radio waves carried stories of his idols across the seas into the ears of an enraptured Serevi.
It was the 1970s, before television arrived on the shores of the tiny island nation cast 1,700 miles off the east coast of Australia in the Pacific Ocean.
Although it has a population of just 870,000, Fiji’s obsession with the oval ball has helped it stand shoulder-to-shoulder with global superpowers.

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