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Fijian Tour An Eye Opener, Says Captain

Fijian Tour An Eye Opener, Says Captain
Action from Newport Junior and Mt St Marys School at the Namaka Public School yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
July 12
11:40 2017

Selling raffle tickets for a chance to visit Fiji was worth all the pain for 14-year-old Ned Slack-Smith.

Ned is the captain of the 32-member Newport Junior rugby team currently touring the country.

They played two games against Namaka Public School and Mount Saint Mary’s in Nadi yesterday.

The visitors went down 31-29 to a tough NPS outfit in the first game but bounced back to score a convincing 41-25 win over Mount Saint Mary’s.

Ned said the tour has been an eye-opener and was impressed with the level of commitment shown by the Fijian players. “I’ve been playing since I was 7. This is my first time in Fiji. It’s been awesome so far and it’s good to be here with my mates to play good rugby. We sold a lot of things to be here. It was things like raffle tickets and stuff,” he said.

Team manager Ross Bloore said the trip which they have been doing for the past years was worth it.

“It’s a fantastic thing to do and we do this every year. There’s a lot of fundraising involved to get our boys over here and to experience what Fiji has to offer and see some best rugby in the world. So it was fantastic for our boys to be here and experience it,” he added.

Ross was grateful to the Newport Rugby Club for helping them raise funds for the trip.

“It varies year by year but a lot of money is involved.”

The team play their final round of matches at Ratu Navula College ground on Saturday.

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