FNRL Keeps To Plan

  Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL)  chief executive officer, Timoci Naleba says, they are on track in meeting the objectives of their development programme titled ‘KALAWA’ comes the 2021 and
30 Dec 2017 11:00
FNRL Keeps To Plan
Vodafone Fijian Bati players (left-right) Eloni Vunakece, Marcelo Montoya and Ashton Sims (8) celebrate their 4-2 win over New Zealand at the quarterfinals of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand. Photo: Zimbio.


Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL)  chief executive officer, Timoci Naleba says, they are on track in meeting the objectives of their development programme titled ‘KALAWA’ comes the 2021 and 2025 World Cups.

“An important segment of development that needs mentioning is the launching of the primary schools competition,” he said.

“This is an important element of our development as we work towards 2021 and 2025 world cups and I believe it’s important as it lays the foundation of rugby league as we work towards a sustainable future.”

Naleba indicated that 2017 has been an eventful year for FNRL with the launching of different strategic areas which were consistent with their strategic plans.

He said all their plans were in compliance with the line ministry’s and other ministries’ objectives.

“This is an area where we can cultivate good values and work ethics which will build the character of a good player and citizen.”



The FNRL CEO mentioned they needed a competition that would prepare their local players’ transitioned to a more competitive life of rugby league.

“I’m supportive of whoever takes the leading role in this as long as the benefits remain with the local players realising their dreams, participating in international competitions and attaining benefits which will prosper them and their families and bring favourable returns to their clubs and their respective zones.”

Naleba said this was an important element they needed in terms of exposing their local players to a more competitive competition overseas.

“There have been discussions with the Sharks to assist in developing our players and offering opportunities for professional exposure in a more competitive and professional environment.

“Also there have been discussions with NSW for a local team to participate in their competition and it’s important that this pathway is established if we are to have more local players playing for the national team competitively and winning especially in 2021 and 2025.”



“It also important that rugby league is inclusive in its programme and the inclusion of women in this year’s calendar is a positive step towards assisting young women develop through sports.”

Naleba said this showed rugby league’s commitment to community development in the country.

“Ensuring women are recognised and provided a platform to contribute positively in our communities.”



Naleba said socio business programmes they launched earlier this year had potential and opportunities which would be developed further.

“To assist in making rugby league self-sustainable and of these programmes is the Little Bati programme, to educate the young and families also to grow the rugby league fan base.

“Rugby league has potential assets for development and real estate, and once managed wisely, the development programmes may be delivered effectively and efficiently.”

Naleba highlighted that the commercial development of acquired assets would begin as soon as possible so that its commercial returns were realised and utilised.

He said rugby league would soon be poised in becoming a sport that would be an effective agent for change.

“Helping young people to change for the better, building character and life skills enabling them realise their potential in life.”

He highlighted and commended the Vodafone Fijian Bati’s performance during the 2016 and 2017 Test match fixtures.

“The Fijian Bati Residents team won eight out of eight international games and the Fijian Bati team won five out of eight Test matches. “Great performance and results we can all appreciate,” Naleba added.


Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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