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Tokatoka Westfield Rugby’s Big Plans For 2016

Epeli Lagiloa is Tokatoka Westfield Dragon’s head coach.   As we are wrapping up the year’s sporting calendar the Tokatoka Westfield Dragon Rugby Club is having a big plan for
27 Dec 2015 09:40
Tokatoka Westfield Rugby’s Big Plans For 2016

Epeli Lagiloa is Tokatoka Westfield Dragon’s head coach.

 

As we are wrapping up the year’s sporting calendar the Tokatoka Westfield Dragon Rugby Club is having a big plan for its players for the coming season.

Established three years ago we have boasted some of the best results a 7s club could vouch for.

In 2013 we won almost all the 7s tournaments in the country and abroad. The same year four of our members joined the National Team (Pio Tuwai, Samuela Saqiwa, Waisea Nacuqu and Vatemo Ravouvou) a record number to be produced from a single newly-formed rugby club. At the moment two are with Ben Ryan and hopefully two more will be drafted shortly. 

We have five of our players securing contracts in France and in 2016 more of our boys will tour Asia through our  club partner, the Carinat Players Marketing Agency based in Hong Kong.

The club’s primary objective is to set a clear pathway for its players to secure overseas contracts and earn a good living in future.

Pio has built a double-storey building in Votua Village.  Josua Tuisova just bought  a property worth $90,000 in Ba Town  last week. Josaia Winimaivunidawa, Ravouvou, Sanivalati Ramuwai and Filipe Nakosi  will follow suit. Most of the 7s clubs in Fiji are only set up for tournaments and winning them and getting their names on paper is enough for them. Some even participated in tournaments organised overseas and spent a lot of money on travelling and accommodation.

The Dragons have a structure and a strategic plan and have plans for all its members. Four of our members will travel to Brisbane in January and Saqiwa is waiting for his visa to play for Sunnybank in Brisbane. The club never keeps any prizemoney but shares the amount to its members and looks after their welfare as well.

The team went back  to the gym on Monday, December 21, after winning their own tournament on December 19. They broke camp to spend Christmas and march in again on Monday and will continue training until December 30. The team will meet again to train daily till the Coral Coast Sevens on January 14 -16.

The club has its own code of conduct and a philosophy to adhere to and we have never regretted anything to date.

Lately we have recruited young players between the ages of 17 and 21 and  for the last month we have won three out of three 7s  tournaments we participated in.

We are planning to contract our own players shortly. During our Westfield Dragons 7s tournament we have introduced for the first time a new hi-tech device called the DRONE which plotted our players’ performances. The $12,000 machine was the idea of a consultant engineer who wished to help the club in its pursuance for excellence.

Netani Leqa Qicatabua and his son Tevita  and their family company (Netts Planning and Infrastruture) are now  members of the Dragons technical staff. We believe in our own preparations.

We wish everyone a fruitful 2016 sporting year. Dragons don’t rest or relax.

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