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Locals Benefit From Aust Universities Tour

Locals Benefit From Aust Universities Tour
The Henderson family from Australia presents sport gears to the Wailada Rabbitohs in Lami. Photo: ANA SOVARAKI
October 16
21:31 2014

The rugby league fraternity here is the biggest winner of the Australian Universities three-match tour.

Fiji National Rugby League development manager Joe Rabele said the tour has benefitted the country in two folds;

For the first University of the South Pacific and Fiji National University have produced rugby league teams. Rabele said not only that they have selected a Fiji Universities team to take on their Australian counterparts at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka today.

The visitors have visited settlements that have their rugby league teams in the Vodafone Cup competition like Wailada Rabbitohs in Lami where they distributed balls, t-shirts and jerseys.

In their opening match, the visitors trounced USP 40-0 at the USP ground last Friday. On Tuesday, they managed to beat FNU 28-16 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

“It has been a learning experience for our local players,” Rabele said as the Australians are preparing for the 2017 World Universities Rugby League World Cup.

Vodafone Fiji Residents manager IIisoni Rogoyawa said he was impressed with the caliber of some USP students.

‘Most of them were playing rugby league for the first time but I was impressed with their skills and the way they players.”

Rabele said the visitors showed their class since most of them are playing in the NSW Cup and also the Queensland Cup.

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