Bobo: Local Franchise Comp A Must

“It is important to prepare our local-based players and it will help in our Super Rugby campaign,” Bobo said.
19 Oct 2021 15:40
Bobo: Local Franchise Comp A Must
Former Flying Fijians and Hurricanes winger Sireli Bobo.

Former Flying Fijians winger Sireli Bobo believes the re-introduction of a local franchise rugby competition should boost our local-based players who are eyeing for a spot in the Fijian Drua squad.

Bobo said the Fiji Rugby Union should consider a franchise competition similar to the one that was played in 2004 where the Colonial Cup was at stake.

The six teams that started the franchise competition were Suva Highlanders, Tailevu Knights, Coastal Stallions and the Western Crusaders.

The following year saw the emergence of the Northern Sharks and the Bligh Roosters.

The competition saw the best 150 players in the country being divided into the franchise clubs. The competition was played in the early part of the year before the provincial competition gets underway.

“It is important to prepare our local-based players and it will help in our Super Rugby campaign,” Bobo said.

“The competition set-up in 2004 assisted our 2007 Rugby World Cup coach Ilivasi Tabua in identifying local talents like Bill Gadolo, Sunia Koto, Vereniki Goneva, Alefoso Yalayalatabua, Wame Lewaravu, Jone Qovu, Waisea Luveniyali, Gabriel Lovobalavu and Isoa Neivua.

“We are into the 2022 Super Rugby competition and this is an ideal time to re-introduce the local franchise competition to add depth to the Fijian Drua squad.”

Bobo added the competition would assist players in getting more game time.

“Gone are the days where rugby takes a break during the festive season.

“I’ve played in some of the world’s top competition where we play even on Christmas Eve and then continues after Boxing Day.

“Our players have to be introduced to the professional changes where their bodies need to keep playing rugby.”

During an earlier Fijian Drua players announcement FRU chief executive officer John O’Connor said there are no plans for extra competition.



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