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Why Nadro Is Struggling With Players? Matawalu Tells

A bulk of Nadroga players have joined other unions after they have been offered jobs.
26 Oct 2020 09:36
Why Nadro Is Struggling With Players? Matawalu Tells
Tiko Matawalu.

The Nadroga Rugby Union is doing its best to secure jobs for their players to stop them from leaving.

This was revealed by Nadroga president Tiko Matawalu after their 22-7 Skipper Cup win over Yasawa in Lautoka on Saturday.

A bulk of Nadroga players have joined other unions after they have been offered jobs.

Matawalu said this has been a challenging year for the Stallions and it was reflected on the results.

“Post COVID the main challenge was with our sponsors, then to our support group which had a direct impact on our training,” he said.

“ This included our sponsors and everyone behind the scene.”

“Realistically players want to work and have a good life so when players are recruited by other province and given a job they will take the opportunity with two hands.”

“The players have families that depend on them so that is a challenge for Nadroga Rugby and we are struggling in that area.”

Matawalu said the players have secured work elsewhere and they have no reason to stop them from leaving.

“That is what rugby is all about, rugby is about creating opportunities while you are displaying talents,” he added.

“ We want what is best for the boys and their family.”

Matawalu added the Nadroga management has continued to fully support their players by helping to secure work for them.

For the Skipper Cup, the Stallions have secured a semifinal spot. Matawalu says they are now taking each game as it comes.

Nadroga have introduced new players like burly winger Beniamino Kalounidau.

This Saturday, they face Lautoka at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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