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Our Bati Home, Back Bid

Our Bati Home, Back Bid
Vodafone Fijian Bati players and officials at Nadi International Airport on November 30, 2017. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
December 01
11:00 2017

The Vodafone Fijian Bati team look forward to participate in the New South Wales Cup competition.

Some of the players arrived at Nadi International Airport last night to the delight of the fans eager to welcome them home.

Bati captain Kevin Naiqama said the Rugby League World Cup was a really good campaign.

The Bati bowed out to the Kangaroos 54-6 in the semifinal last week.

The next step, Naiqama said, was for Fiji to put in a New South Wales Cup team which he believed would help development of rugby league in Fiji.

He added it would be a pathway for locals to learn the game and be exposed to the competition.

Naiqama said that their team was believed to be the youngest in the world.

“So these players will be here for a long time, hopefully we will see new Fijians on our side in the next four years.

“I will try and keep fit for the next RLWC but hopefully by then we will get more Fijians in our team,” he added.

Rugby league legend Petero Civoniceva said he is looking forward to meeting the Fiji National Rugby League executives in the next few days.

“The players are very supportive of wanting to see this happen for our local boys, the players understand that this is the missing link for our local boys to get that opportunity to showcase their talents on the big stage.

“The New South Cup is the competition to do that at the moment things are really looking positive so we now wait for the endorsement from FNRL.

“Once we have the endorsement from FNRL we can proceed to prepare for the 2019 season,” he said.

Players that did not arrive last night were Jarryd Hayne, Apisai Koroisau, Marcelo Montoya, Ben Nakubuwai, Junior Roqica, Jacob Saifiti, Ashton Sims, and Brayden Wiliame.


Today’s Programme:

The team will be at the Vodafone Shop Nadi Town at 8.30am, before departing for Suva and stoppage will be made at various villages along the way.

Saturday: Procession begins at 10am from the Suva Flea Market to Albert Park.

Edited by Osea Bola




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