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Koroisau Joins Bati For Kumuls Clash

Penrith Panthers’ Apisai Koroisau joined the Vodafone Fiji Bati squad yesterday. The Bati play the Papua New Guinea Kumuls at the CBUS Super Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia on Saturday.
30 Apr 2015 09:35
Koroisau Joins Bati For Kumuls Clash

Penrith Panthers’ Apisai Koroisau joined the Vodafone Fiji Bati squad yesterday.

The Bati play the Papua New Guinea Kumuls at the CBUS Super Stadium in Gold Coast, Australia on Saturday.

This was confirmed by Fiji National Rugby League board director Sosiveta Boila who joined the team on Monday along with Pastor Tuiloma Dakuitoga.

Boila said Cronulla Sharks forward Jayson Bukuya would join the team today.

Meanwhile, Queensland State of Origin coach and former Kangaroos star Mal Meninga told TVNZ that giving Pacific Rim nations their own opportunity to shine was a winner.

Meninga, who’ll coach the Kumuls said the introduction of the PNG-based Hunters to the Queensland Cup had laid the platform for offering opportunities to players.

The Hunters just missed out on finals in their inaugural campaign in the second-tier competition and will provide 11 players to the 19-man Kumuls squad for Saturday’s game. “It’s important for the development of rugby league long-term,”Meninga said.

“The Pacific Rim is a really good area and we already know how many great Pacific Islanders and Melanesians are playing in the National Rugby League (NRL) competition. It’s a great breeding ground and it would be great to see teams out of Tonga, teams out of Samoa, teams out of Fiji, like PNG play in the second-tier competitions.

“That’s the only way you’re going to develop rugby league around the Pacific Rim.”

Former Queensland and Kangaroos legend Petero Civoniceva, a proud Fijian, is playing a leading role in providing a team from his homeland in the NSW Cup from 2016 onwards. Civoniceva said the precedent shown by the success of the Hunters made it a no-brainer for Fiji rugby league to pursue a similar objective.

“I’m about to put a bid to the NSW Rugby League to have a Fijian side in the NSW Cup next year, We’re really positive and hopeful that’ll come to fruition,” said Civoniceva.

“No doubt, for all the other Pacific nations, Papua New Guinea have made a successful inclusion into the Queensland Cup. Hopefully our representation in the NSW Cup will open the door to the next two sides being Tonga and Samoa.

“It’s an exciting few years ahead and they game has an opportunity to go to the next level in the Pacific.”

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