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Businessman Backs Ba 10s

Being in Ba for the past 65 years, businessman Mahen­dra Bilimoria believes on the importance of supporting rug­by in his hometown. On Wednesday, he donated tro­phies to the Ba Rugby
23 Feb 2018 11:00
Businessman Backs Ba 10s
From left; Ba Rugby Union secretary Solomone Vakanawa, president Napolioni Noco and Mahendra Bilimoria handing over the trophy in Ba on February 21,2018. Photo: Ba Rugby

Being in Ba for the past 65 years, businessman Mahen­dra Bilimoria believes on the importance of supporting rug­by in his hometown.

On Wednesday, he donated tro­phies to the Ba Rugby Union as prizes for the first round of their 10s competition which will be held at the Ba Market ground tomorrow.

“I believe it was only fair that I help them with the game they love,” he told SUNsports yesterday.

“I want to see rugby in Ba grow to be like what soccer has become for this district and also see more play­ers reach national level.”

Ba Rugby secretary Solomone Va­kanawa has welcomed the timely assistance.

“We are grateful to Bilimoria for coming in and donating the tro­phies which will motivate other teams from villages to come in and participate in this 10s tourna­ment,” Vakanawa said.

“For this tournament we are en­couraging young players to come in and participate.”

The 10s competition will assist the selection committee to select the BRU team for the Vodafone Vanua challenge season. The registration fees is $50 per team.

“We’re calling on all teams from villages in Ba to come in, compete and showcase their skills,” he said.

Ba were runners up in the Un­der-20 grade for the finals of the Vodafone Vanua Championship last year.

Over the years Ba has produced prominent national rugby players with the likes of No.8 Isikeli Cagi­laba, winger Filimoni Delasau, Ga­birieli Naborisi, Fijian 7s off-loader Pio Tuwai, current Fiji Airways Fijian 7s halfback Waisea Nacuqu and robust Toulon winger Josua Tuisova along with brother, Filipo Nakasi who is currently playing wing for Agen in France.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback: anasilinir@fijisun.com.fj



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