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Senirusi Seruvakula: Latui Adapting To Changes

A host of new rules including 9 point power tries, rolling substitutions, shorter halves and changes to territorial kicking rules, Rapid Rugby is designed to be just that, rapid and perfect for Fiji style.
16 May 2019 14:29
Senirusi Seruvakula: Latui Adapting To Changes
Members of the Swire Shipping Fijian Latui with prop Eroni Mawi (right0 during training at Prince Charles Park, Nadi on May 15,2019. Photo: Mereleki Nai

Playing under new rules, the Swire Shipping Fijian Latui head coach Senirusi Seruvakula believes the players are going to show on Saturday how they have adapted to the changes.

Speaking to the media yesterday he said the Latui are set to make their debut against the Kagifa Samoa in the opening round of the Global Rapid Rugby Pacific Showcase.

GRR is the brainchild of Australian mining magnate and philanthropist Andrew ‘Twiggy’ Forest and is designed to merge entertainment and the great game of rugby to create a new and exciting experience for fans and players.

A host of new rules including 9 point power tries, rolling substitutions, shorter halves and changes to territorial kicking rules, Rapid Rugby is designed to be just that, rapid and perfect for Fiji style.

Halfback Frank Lomani said it is going to be a totally new experience for them.

“We are going through the changes and we are adapting to it,” he said.

“We have been preparing for the last three weeks and the boys are getting to know each other well. “We have been focusing on our fitness because it is going to be a fast phase game. We are going to keep working hard to fully understand the new format.

“I think the format implemented suits the Fijian style of rugby because Fijians like to take the ball and keep the ball in hand and throw it from any angle or making those offloads.”

ENTERTAINMENT

The GRR enterprise rolled into Lautoka yesterday bringing a show like no other, rivalling anything the other major competitions have produced in Fiji.

The 120m of sideline LED (which will remain for Fiji Rugby to utilise across the winter international and domestic finals season); a monster big screen, multiple camera crews, giant inflatables, on field fan competitions, live entertainment, kids activities, food, bars and more form part of the spectacle.

Fiji’s party favourites the Inside Out band and DJ Christonite plus the award winning AUE Dance crew and Coca-Cola famous Natabua cheer squad will provide the colour and atmosphere in what is sure to be rugby like Fiji’s never seen it.

Global shipping company Swire Shipping take ownership of the Fijian Latui for the 2019 Pacific Showcase following on from their successful support of the Swire Shipping Fijian Warriors and as replacement for their partnership with the now defunct

Duco 10s team the Fiji Giants.

Under the guide of regional manager Chis De Villiers, Swire Shipping have been passionate supporters of Fiji’s on island talent contributing significantly financially and operationally to the success of their partner events.

The GRR Pacific Showcase will feature two matches at Churchill Park, Lautoka this Saturday against Kagifa Samoa and next Saturday, May 25 where the Latui face Western Force, at 3.10pm.

In order to encourage fans to jump in and enjoy the spectacle tickets are at a family friendly $10 grandstand, $5 embankment, with children under-12 onto the embankment for free.

ADDED ATTRACTION

Both rounds will be opened by Vodafone Vanua Championship curtain raisers, with Yasawa hosting Vatukoula in week one and the Lautoka v Yasawa western derby on round 2.

The Latui will then travel to Auckland, New Zealand to play Kagifa Samoa on June 7 and to Perth for a rematch against the Western Force on June 21.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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