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Focus On Juniors: Rabele

Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL) will be focusing on developing their youths and setting up a junior competition. FNRL development officer Joe Rabele said they were trying to create interest
30 Aug 2015 11:05
Focus On Juniors: Rabele
Police Sharks’ Filipe Sauturaga (with ball), on the attack against Raiwai Raiders at Bidesi Ground in Suva yesterday. Photo: Jona Konataci

Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL) will be focusing on developing their youths and setting up a junior competition.

FNRL development officer Joe Rabele said they were trying to create interest in the sport starting from the youths.

“We are trying to focus on development and we have established with all the clubs that on October 3 we are going to set up training for all the clubs and junior teams,” Rabele said.

“We will also try to organise a tournament for six to 12 years olds so we can have a junior competition.

“This will ensure the skills and knowhow of rugby league will be instilled in the youths as they grow up, they can only improve and do better.

“We are trying to get teams in the U14, 16 and 18 grades plus a Premier grade; it would be really good to get this junior tournament underway.”

As the Vodafone Cup pool stages came to an end yesterday, Rabele said the competition had proved tough for new teams.

“We have seen some teams who have joined for the first time and faded out so quickly but the sport is slowly growing and players are getting the hang of it.

The results for the Vodafone Cup Top 8 competition saw Fair Trade Makoi Bulldogs beat CBS Nadi Eels 18-10 while Burenitu Cowboys lost to Dee Cees Nadera Panthers 21-22. In games that were played in the West, table leaders KBL Saru Dragons lost to Nabua Broncos 8-10, while Sabeto Roosters thrashed Pacific Energy Kinoya Sea Eagles 48-4.

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