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Navosa banks on youngsters

Written By : Sun Fiji Sportsdesk. The Navosa rugby side’s win over Northland last weekend has set the platform for them to do well in the next round of the
04 Jun 2008 12:00

image Written By : Sun Fiji Sportsdesk. The Navosa rugby side’s win over Northland last weekend has set the platform for them to do well in the next round of the Digicel Cup competition.
Navosa Rugby Union secretary, Rusiate Naqiri yesterday said the Navosa team started late as usual in their preparation but the young side were able to deliver.
“We had only two weeks to train and this team is much younger than the past year’s team,” he said.
The merging of Navosa villages along the coast and the highlands has also helped the coach blend a good combination.
“This has also helped in our preparation. “The win last week at Northland’s home ground has set the platform for the Navosa team. We want to give Nadroga a good run for their money. We know this will be a good season for Navosa considering the short time we had and beating Northland at their home ground.”
Naqiri said last week’s win was their first against Northland.
“This year we have pulled up our boys from the development team that played in the final in 2006.
“They have really matured well and this was evident at Korovou.”
Naqiri said they hope to get a good build-up match before they take on the Reverend Jioji Rinakama coached- Nadroga side at Vatureba Park.
Naqiri said the only old hand in the team was Peni Dranitu who also captained the team to their first win on Tailevu soil last weekend.
“Having young players in the side makes it easy for the coach and management as they are much disciplined.”
Meanwhile, Naqiri said they are still looking for sponsors and they are hoping to get that as they go into the season.
“We are still looking for sponsors and we hope someone will come out to help us as we are very isolated.”
He said they have been blessed with the support they have been getting from Navola villager, Timoci Nawaibalavu who has been with the team every season.
Naqiri said they still have difficulty in training together as a team which is why they only meet on Thursday at the Sigatoka sand dunes.
“On the other days the coast boys do their own while the boys from the highlands do their own training. “Without a sponsor we use whatever we have to help us,” he added.
Navosa is the home of world- talented rugby players like Lote Tuqiri, Kele Leawere, Noa Nadruku, Vili Tani, Mesake Seavula, Mika Leawere, Isei Nasiganiyavi, Elia Tuqiri, Temesia Kaumaia, Aisea Tuilevu, Luke Erenavula, Sekove Leawere with the latest being Waratah’s recruit Ratu Nasiganiyavi.



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