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Students Call For Rugby League Competion

A group of young men have formed the first ever rugby league team in Labasa. They are members of the University of the South Pacific’s Labasa Campus but are determined
11 May 2017 11:00
Students Call For Rugby League Competion
USP Labasa campus students who have formed a rugby league team on May 9, 2017. Photo: Josaia Ralago

A group of young men have formed the first ever rugby league team in Labasa.

They are members of the University of the South Pacific’s Labasa Campus but are determined to develop their rugby league skills despite the fact there is no competition available for them to participate in.

Assistant coach Allen Kaukilevuka said there is potential for rugby league to grow in Labasa since there is a lot of interest among young players.

He said all they needed was an official recognition from the Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL) to start a Labasa competition

“The rugby league season has started in Suva but we hope to have something for Labasa,” Kaukilevuka said.

Kaukilevuka who is a former Nabua Broncos player and founder of the Davuilevu Knights rugby league club said, the 22-member squad had approached him to help them play the sport.

“There is a passion in these boys for rugby league and this is a plea to FNRL to please help us out. We need to tap into these talents and give them exposure. We see most of our young men are joining overseas rugby league clubs and if we provide the same opportunity to these men in Vanua Levu then we will be able to identify and develop talents here.”

When approached FNRL chief executive officer Timoci Naleba said they had plans for rugby league in Labasa but at the moment they working to develop the Dreketi competition.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback:  josaia.ralago@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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