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New Format Boosts Comp

New Format Boosts Comp
From left:Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O'Connor, HFC Bank Acting Chief Executive officer Raj Sharma and HFC Bank General Manager Retail Banking Tony Ram with the Farebrother trophy and Bainimarama shield on July 19, 2017.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.
July 20
11:00 2017

The winner for the HFC Bank Farebrother Challenge will receive $10,000 at the end of the four weeks of competition.

Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor confirmed this during the launch of the Farebrother and Bainimarama Shield Challenge at HFC Bank in Suva yesterday.

“For the Farebrother Challenge, the winner takes home $5000 every week while the winner for the Bainimarama Shield gets $2500.

“In the fourth round, the Farebrother Challenge champion meet the Bainimarama Shield holders and the winner will receive $10,000,” O’Connor said.

The new revised format for the Farebrother challenge will only see four teams competing which include defending champions BLK Nadroga, Jack’s Suva, Qaqa Namosi and Jack’s Naitasiri.

The newly launched HFC Bank Bainimarama Shield competition see Vodafone Vanua Championship winner Navosa defending the shield in the first round against Ovalau, Lautoka and Rewa challenges the shield in the third round.

“We want to thank HFC Bank for agreeing to the revised format as part of their sponsorship. The Bank is also issuing kits to the team and FRU provide rugby balls.

“$2000 is the preparation grant for the teams competing in the Farebrother Challenge and $1000 for the Bainimarama Shield.

“It will be an exciting four weeks of competition,” O’Connor added.

HFC Bank general manager retail banking Tony Ram said they were proud to be associated with FRU and launch the Bainimarama Shield competition.

“We are proud sponsors of the prestigious Farebrother Challenge, now in its fourth year,”he said.

“The HFC Bank Banimarama Shield is appropriately named after our Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama who is also the president of Fiji Rugby Union.

“Being Fiji’s only local bank, we are proud of the inclusion of the Bainimarama Shield to the Fiji Rugby calendar. We thank both the Prime Minister and the FRU for this opportunity,” Ram said.

The first round of the HFC Bank Bainimarama Shield competition will see  defenders Navosa play Ovalau at Lawaqa Park at 3pm tomorrow.

Defending Farebrother Challenge champion BLK Nadroga host Naitasiri in the first round at Lawaqa Park on Saturday at 3pm.

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