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Analysis: Make Rugby Exciting, Shake Nadroga

Analysis: Make Rugby Exciting, Shake Nadroga
BLK Nadroga head coach Esala Nauga fires a shot during training at the Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA
April 20
11:43 2018

Round one of the Skipper Cup Premiership kicks off tomor­row and fans should expect exciting rugby.

The top eight teams in the country have been given more than a total package which means they have every reason to deliver for rugby’s sake every Saturday.

The $500K sponsorship from CJ Patel should lift the competition to a new level and inspire the players that they playing a sport that has a brighter future.

The sponsorship enabled the play­ers to move away from an amateur to a professional setup now that 40 players, coaches, managers, sports &conditioning officials and medi­cal providers are contracted.

This is a total shift from the norm and all involved must change their mindset to go with the flow and lift their game.

Fans are in for a Rugby Saturday with the women competition start­ing at 10am, Under-20s at 1pm and the main competition at 3pm in four venues around Viti Levu. Add to that we also have the Vodafone Vanua Championships games in­volving 16 teams in eight venues around the country.

Nadroga has been the provincial rugby capital of the country and they deserved it as they have been dominating the sport over the years.

And the seven teams in the Skip­per Cup Premiership must rise to the occasion and end the domina­tion.

It would be tough taking into ac­count that Nadroga is one of the best well organised unions in the country.

But this could be the perfect year to evenly distribute the power base of rugby in the country.

Rugby will definitely thrive and grow if the game is evenly con­tested unlike in the past where mis­matches are the order of the day.

It would be money worth spend­ing for fans who turned up to cheer their teams and returned home sat­isfied despite the outcomes.

The onus starts with Nadi who plays Nadroga at Prince Charles Park at 3pm.

The Nadi Jets have never won the title since 2008.

Their ascendancy to the top be­gins on Saturday.

For so long, Nadroga has always been the team to beat as they are always superior.

That is the challenge for Nadi, Malolo, Rewa, Suva, Naitasiri, Na­mosi and Navosa teams. They need to deliver to expectations and make rugby more exciting.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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