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QVS For Deans Trophy

QVS For Deans Trophy
April 18
12:11 2016


Students of Queen Victoria School (QVS) will be allowed to represent their school if they wish when the Deans Trophy competition starts in June.

The decision came from the Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby Union annual general meeting (AGM) on Saturday.

FSSRU president Setareki Merekula said they have put in place a dispensation rule which accommodates schools which have been badly affected by natural disasters.

“We have given allowance to the constitution to allow students to play for QVS,” Merekula said.

“We have introduced a dispensation rule to accommodate that need. It applies if a natural disaster affects a school and their students beyond the means for it to operate normally and if students are deployed to other schools.

“So they have been given that opportunity if they wish to represent their school and this not only applies to QVS but to any school which have been badly affected by a natural disaster.”

QVS was severely damaged by Tropical Cyclone Winston which devastated the country.


Schoolboys Tour

At the AGM, it was endorsed the Fiji schoolboys Under-18 team will go on a New Zealand tour in September. Merekula said they have been invited again but have set some terms and conditions which has been agreed to by their New Zealand counterparts.

“The U18 will be going on a tour in September to Auckland; they go almost every year and this year they have been invited again.

“But we have set some terms and conditions for them (New Zealand) to meet first. It is expensive to send a team over and costs around $70,000 so one of those conditions was for New Zealand to help with the costs of sending the team over.”

Present at the AGM was Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor, Fiji Women’s Rugby development officer Vela Naucikidi and Fiji Rugby Union development manager Sale Sorovaki.

Merekula is happy with the relationship between FRU and FSSRU saying “It was really encouraging having representatives like Mr O’Connor at the AGM, the partnership between the two is a blessing and also transparent and only good things can come out of this.”

World Rugby has directed that bodies like Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby Union must come under Fiji Rugby Union and no longer operate independently.

 Edited by Leone Cabenatabua



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