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Naitasiri North rugby revival

June 10
11:24 2013

By SITERI NAVUTOVUTO

The revival of the Naitasiri North Bulls Rugby Union is making good progress.
Two of the unions’ own sons are leading by examples together with former Naitasiri reps with the likes of Kaminieli Naivalu, Rusiate Namoro, Veniasi Moroca, Mitieli Kaicina and Ratu Manasa Radrotini that once made the union proud in the early 1990s’.
John Kaisuva came back to his village in Naluwai, Naitasiri early last year after spending 18 years of studying and playing rugby in New Zealand.
He said the idea to revive the union came about when they saw that rugby potentials exist in these villages.
He discussed the issue with Sakiusa Uluvula from Navoka, Nabaitavo who also resides in New Zealand to revive the union.
Twelve village clubs are now part of the union that draws a record crowd of more than 500 people to the Naluwai ground every Saturday to be part of the weekly club games.
“We called a meeting involving all the village elders from Naitasiri North and everything went according to plan,” Kaisuva said.
“Changes can be seen in many of these village youths and their love for rugby has just grown after weekly competitions.
“We have enjoyed every moment of rugby here in Naluwai and the supports from these 12 villages have been great.
Kaisuva played for the Kumeu Rugby Club in West Auckland for eight years before joining the North Harbour Under- 85kg Rugby Club in 2010 and the NZ Barbarians later on.
He said the support of the Naitasiri North people staying abroad has been tremendous and these include those in NZ, USA, Australia and those serving in the British Army in the United Kingdom.
“The game of rugby is very much alive in the highlands so what better way it is to entertain our villagers on Saturday as we see them coming in number to support their teams.
Meanwhile, Rogoikuru retains the Sautu Trophy after beating Navunisalusalu 10- 0 over the weekend.
Results: Vunimoli 10 Navuakece 8, Vanuavatu 10Lovia 5, Seniyasi 12 Tai 0, Senikau wbd against Qionimaravu.
Games continue at Naluwai on Saturday.

John Kaisuva

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