SPORTS

$380,000 For Skipper Cup

The 2015 Skipper Cup competition received a $380,000 boost from major sponsors C.J. Patel Group ahead of the start of the annual competition tomorrow. Speaking during the official Cup launch
22 May 2015 09:15
$380,000 For Skipper Cup

The 2015 Skipper Cup competition received a $380,000 boost from major sponsors C.J. Patel Group ahead of the start of the annual competition tomorrow.

Speaking during the official Cup launch at the Royal Suva Yacht Club in Suva yesterday, CJ Patel director marketing Nathan Hildebrand revealed their intentions behind the big investment.

“This year, we are investing $380,000 as well as more than $50,000 in goods and support for this series and I’d like to highlight; this is an investment,” he said.

“Skipper and the Fiji Sun are committed to development of rugby and we know that investing in local competitions is the best way to ensure ongoing international success.

“We look forward to a great season from all of you and, of course, the continued development and improvement of rugby in Fiji.”

Hildebrand hailed the timing of the competition launch as well as the announcement of the unprecedented sponsorship falling in line with a great period for Fijian rugby.

“Here we are today. What a great day for rugby here in Fiji! Who could pick a better day? We’re welcoming our 7s heroes, we’ve won the HSBC World Sevens Series, we’ve qualified for Rio, we’re preparing for the World Cup later this year and now we’re launching the national championship, the Skipper Cup,” he said.

“Good luck to all the respective unions, players and officials. Have a good season and may the best team win.”

Fiji Rugby Union acting chairman John O’Connor acknowledged the sponsors for returning for another year.

“Firstly I must take this opportunity to thank the two sponsors for sponsoring the Skipper Cup competition last year and coming on board again this year,” he said.

“In terms of the board, as I discussed with members of the council, this board is committed to improving domestic rugby and we think of taking the standard of local rugby to another level and our ultimate goal is that by sorting out domestic rugby in the next four years, we can lift the standard of our competition and the skill and fitness level of our players.

“Come the next World Cup, the majority of the players that will represent Fiji in the World Cup will come from our domestic competition and we thank C.J. Patel and Fiji Sun for coming onboard and I know it will be an interesting season.”

Feedback: eroni.tuinaceva@fijisun.com.fj

 

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