320K Payout for Skipper Cup Teams
The eight participating teams for the 2017 Skipper Cup competitions will receive a total of $320,000 cash pay-out this season.
The first round of the Skipper Cup competition kicks off this Saturday.
Each team will receive $40,000 for the year as part of their preparation. This will be paid in instalments with the first pay-out of $10,000 handed out to the unions yesterday following the launch of the competition hosted by Warwick Hotels and Resorts.
Fiji Rugby Union Chief Executive John O’Connor confirmed to SUNsports yesterday that only the unions that met the FRU requirements would receive their first payment.
“We are strict on giving to those who have met the requirements; the requirements are conducting the Annual General Meeting, submit the audited financial report and annual report,” O’Connor said.
O’Connor said only four major unions had submitted the required documents and had been given their first pay-out allocation.
Sponsors anticipate exciting journey
Major sponsors for the 2017 Skipper Cup competition, the CJ Patel Group looked forward to an exciting top eight battle.
Speaking on behalf of the group Group General Manager Marketing, CJ Patel Nathan Hildebrand encouraged fans to come out in numbers and support their various provinces.
“On behalf of CJ Patel, we are very excited to launch the Skipper Cup 2017 which sees our best eight teams of Fiji battling it out for the prestigious Skipper Cup,” Hildebrand said.
“We wish all the teams the best of luck and encourage rugby fans of Fiji to support our teams by watching them at their scheduled matches and venues as per the draw sheet.”
Mr O’Connor yesterday acknowledged the support of CJ Patel.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank our major sponsors and long-time partners of Fiji Rugby Union, CJ Patel for their continued support of the Skipper Cup,” O’Connor said.
“It is with great pride we are here today to launch the Skipper Cup together and Vodafone Vanua Championship 2017.”
The event, hosted by Warwick Hotels and Resorts, saw team captains from both events participating in a parade to showcase their new kits for the provincial competition.