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Suva Rugby Gives A Helping Hand

Tavua and Northland received a major boost in their Skipper Cup campaign with the donation of scrum machines by the Suva Rugby Union to the two unions. Both unions praised
01 Jul 2015 09:04
Suva Rugby Gives A Helping Hand
Northland Rugby Union Chairman Simione Naiduki (left), receiving the new scrum machine from John O’Connor. Photos: Suva Rugby

Tavua and Northland received a major boost in their Skipper Cup campaign with the donation of scrum machines by the Suva Rugby Union to the two unions.

Both unions praised the SRU for coming to their aid as they desperately needed a scrum machine to uplift their scrum.

Tavua Rugby Union Chairman Joseph Low thanked the SRU for their kind assistance.

“We were in desperate need of a scrum machine and we are so happy that SRU has assisted us.

“We had conveyed to SRU Executive about our struggle during the Skipper Cup match this year and they have donated us this scrum machine,” Low said.

“We had to cope with the damaged scrum machine for training for many years which affected our scrummaging and likewise our forward play.

“Now with this scrum machine, our forwards will be able to uplift their scrummaging and we will be more competitive against major unions as well,”Low added.

Northland Chairman Simione Naiduki said they were really humbled by the support from the SRU.

“We didn’t have a scrum machine and scrummaging has been one of our weaknesses in the Provincial competition and this donation will greatly assist us to uplift our scrum.

“The provision of this scrum machine given to us by the SRU will assist our players as well as our clubs and the school teams,”Naiduki said.

“This is something very important to us and we are thankful to SRU for their timely donation.

While handing over the new scrum machines to the two unions, outgoing SRU Chairman John

O’Connor said the scrum machine was an important donation by the SRU to the two unions.

“It’s a proud moment for me to be given this opportunity by the SRU to hand over the two scrum machines to the two Unions.

“Scrummaging has been one of our weak areas in Fijian rugby and SRU in donating these scrum machines to the two Unions hope that the Unions will utilize the machines to improve their scrummaging at provincial level and also likewise uplift scrummaging at the club level.

“He highlighted to the two unions that he hoped that they would share the use of the machines with primary and secondary schools within their boundaries.

“If we get our scrummaging techniques right from the school level, we will get it right at club and provincial levels and likewise at the national level.

SRU’s assistance to unions in the country expands this year as Tavua and Northland becoming the third and fourth unions in the country to get the new scrum machines donated by SRU.

The SRU had also earlier donated scrum machines to clubs playing in the SRU club competition.

O’Connor highlighted that scrummaging is now a very important set piece in modern rugby.

“We just have to watch the Super Rugby matches to see how important scrums have become in the outcome of games.

He thanked the SRU for supporting the development of rugby in the country.

 

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