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10 Games For Silktails In Lautoka

“We are the first Fiji rugby league team, playing in an Australian competition. For everyone involved it is an exciting moment."
16 Jan 2020 15:51
10 Games For Silktails In Lautoka
Rugby league legend and former Vodafone Fijian Bati captain Petero Civoniceva (right) with Lautoka City Council chief executive officer Jone Nakauvadra at Churchill Park, Lautoka on January 15, 2020 .Photo: Waisea Nasokia

The Kaiviti Silktails will play 10 Ron Massey Cup Championship games at Churchill Park in Lautoka.

Rugby league legend and former Vodafone Fijian Bati captain Petero Civoniceva and NSWRL official Steve Driscoll met with Lautoka City Council chief executive officer Jone Nakauvadra on Tuesday.

“Churchill Park is a wonderful sporting facility. We can sense the excitement to play here. The season draw has been released which starts in March. For the fact that we are getting 10 games in Lautoka is exciting for us as a new club in this competition starting in March,” Civoniceva said.

“We are the first Fiji rugby league team, playing in an Australian competition. For everyone involved it is an exciting moment.

“We want to send the message out to the local community and also to all the sports fans in Fiji that this is the place to come to watch high quality games of rugby league. And the fact that we will have our Fijian team playing against the Australian clubs throughout the year.”

Nakauvadra said: “Churchill Park is synonymous with many sporting events. We are excited of hosting 10 home games happening here in 2020, it is something the community will definitely support.”

Team prep

According to Civoniceva, the build-up of the Silktails has been good as the boys have been training before Christmas.

“We are looking at eight weeks preparation before our first game. Our playing group comprises players who play in the Fiji National Rugby League competition. So, I guess that is the big focus for us as a club providing local players a wonderful opportunity to play in an Australian competition but also see it as a development pathway for FNRL.”

He added this will bring many of our Fijian players hit the big time in the NRL.

Exciting Times

“Maika Sivo, Suliasi Vunivalu, Viliame Kikau, Tui Kamikamica we had Semi Radradra before. These are boys playing at the highest level and have progressed to become NRL stars. This is what we are envisaging for our Silktails. It is going to become a very important pathway for our local players.

“We’ve exciting times ahead. It is exciting for us to create this sporting franchise but also, we are aiming to develop the local coaches.

“We know that we have a very important role in progressing the sport and obviously making a tier one nation in rugby league.

Armed Forces

“One of the major events on the Australian calendar is the ANZAC Day game. We are hoping to create that here as well playing the Australian team but also to celebrate and honouring our armed forces both men and women.”

About Ron Massey Cup

The Ron Massey Cup (formerly known as the Bundaberg Red Cup and Jim Beam Cup) is a semi-professional development level rugby league competition in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, run jointly by the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) and the Country Rugby League of New South Wales (CRL).

The competition is run concurrently with the National Rugby League (NRL). It currently comprises 13 teams drawn from the Sydney metropolitan area.

The competition is named after Ron Massey, a former rugby league coach. Massey died 19 September 2016.

Edited by Osea Bola

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