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Players’ Welfare Priority: Lagiloa

The Tokatoka Resort Westfield Dragons Rugby Club clarified why their players were taking up rugby contracts with the Army Rugby Club in Sri Lanka. Club coach Epeli Lagiloa responded to
31 Oct 2014 10:18
Players’ Welfare Priority: Lagiloa
Epeli Lagiloa

The Tokatoka Resort Westfield Dragons Rugby Club clarified why their players were taking up rugby contracts with the Army Rugby Club in Sri Lanka.

Club coach Epeli Lagiloa responded to Vodafone Fiji 7s coach Ben Ryan’s comment regarding three of their players Pio Tuwai, Samu Saqiwa and Sanivalati Ramuwai.

Ryan is having reservations selecting players from the western club in future after he was not aware of the trio joining the Army Rugby Club in Sri Lanka.

“We’re at no time whatsoever working against Fiji Rugby Union,” Lagiloa said.

“Tuwai, Saqiwa and Ramuwai are the founding members of the club when it was formed in 2011 and the club has invested so much in them.

“Tuwai has two young daughters to look after; Saqiwa and Ramuwai are the sole breadwinners in their families and the money offered to them in Sri Lanka is quite enormous compared to what they receive here.

“Their playing years are also limited and the club fully supports their decision to play abroad.”

The club apologises to the Fiji Rugby Union for not providing correspondence.

“We do apologise we did not inform FRU regarding their departure merely because the club will not stop them from playing overseas,”Lagiloa said.

“The Tokatoka Resort Westfield Dragons’ top priority is the welfare of their players whether it’s on-season or off-season.”

Feedback:  anasilinir@fijisun.com.fj

 

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