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Schools Get Players’ Fee

Natabua High School, Suva Grammar and Lelean Memorial School received their player development release fees from the Fiji Rugby Union yesterday. FRU chief executive officer John O’Connor said. “There have
09 Jun 2017 10:00
Schools Get Players’ Fee
From left: Suva Grammar School Principal Segran Pillay, Vodafone Fijian 7s rep Seremaia Tuwai and U14 captain Jone Rarawa during the Jack’s of Fiji QAQA jersey presentation on June 8, 2017. Photo: Grace Narayan

Natabua High School, Suva Grammar and Lelean Memorial School received their player development release fees from the Fiji Rugby Union yesterday.

FRU chief executive officer John O’Connor said.

“There have always been complaints from unions and clubs that have participated in the development of the players in previous years,” FRU chief executive officer John O’Connor said.

“When overseas clubs pay player development release fees, the constitution had highlighted that part of those fees go back to the unions and clubs but it has never happened in the past.

“In our last annual general meeting, we had given the funds payable to the unions and we had requested the provincial unions to likewise pay the clubs portion of their release fees.

“In going through that exercise, we noted that there were a few students who were released directly from school and they were paid development fees.

“After discussions with the Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby Association, we will be paying the schools directly for their part in developing the students.

“This is the practice that we will continue to do in future, we need to make sure that our players are properly released and that the fees are paid and the money goes back to the schools.”

Natabua High School vice-principal Rusiate Wadali said it is a historical moment for teachers to finally see their hard work being paid off.

“We have reaped the benefits of our hard work and it is good to know that from now on that we will be given something in return.”

Meanwhile, Suva Grammar School head of physical education Apete Luva said this will be an opportunity for students and teachers to work hard.

“This is an opportunity for us because we know now once students know about this they will be working hard to develop their students and also for students to take their rugby seriously,” Luva said.

“Not all students are good in the classroom, for those who are good in sports, this is a huge chance for them to excel as well.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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