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FRU Boss Unveils Plan

Skipper Cup player to be contracted in this year’s competition   The Fiji Rugby Union is looking at means to start contracting players competing in the local provincial competition. This
03 Mar 2018 12:02
FRU Boss Unveils Plan
Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor (right) and players from the franchise teams to play in today’s Nadroga Rugby Union’s Super 8 competition at Coral Coast, Sigatoka on March 2, 2018. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Skipper Cup player to be contracted in this year’s competition

 

The Fiji Rugby Union is looking at means to start contracting players competing in the local provincial competition.

This was revealed by FRU chief executive officer John O’Connor while launching the Nadroga Rugby Union’s Super 8 competition at the Flying Fin Restaurant in Korotogo, Sigatoka, yesterday. He said the contract of players would be implemented in this season’s provincial rugby competition which gets underway in April.

“Over the years rugby has grown, with a lot of changes in a bid to improve and setting the bench mark of Fijian Rugby,” O’Connor said.

He said the sport has been played in Fiji for around 106 years and has not moved towards professional rugby.

“We have been playing rugby in Fiji for over 106 years. The rest of the world has improved and moved towards professionalism while our local competition is still lagging behind,” he said.

“This year we are working on getting the coaches of respective unions to be under a contract. This includes strengthening and conditioning coaches and medics as well.

“The bigger picture at Rugby House is to get the top 40 players of each union to be contracted. We have been in talks with the unions on the procedures and processes on how they will be paid.”

 

SUPER 8

O’Connor praised NRU for coming up with the concept of Super 8 franchise (tikina) base competition, a first in the country, setting the pace for local competition.

“Nadroga is a champion provincial side and it has made itself aligned with progress at the Rugby House. This competition will not improve the players and its development but also for the coaching and referees from clubs,” he added.

NRU president Tiko Matawalu said, “This is the first time for such franchise to take place within a provincial competition like Nadroga. The aim of this competition is to grow the game at tikina level which benefits the provincial representation then to national duties.”

He said this was possible after the board lookED at the review of the local provincial teams of previous years in a bid to take Nadroga Rugby to another level.

“It will make it easy for us at the provincial level when the strength of the districts (tikina) where about eight clubs form a franchise competition like this.”

Matawalu thanked the sponsors for coming on board to work with them on the five-week competition.

The NRU will then decide on a special trophy that will be competed in the Super 8 franchise competition.

The frachise eteams are Sigatoka Bulls, Conua Chiefs, Tuva Highlanders, Wai Stormers, Nokonoko-Waicoba Crusaders, Noinabua Hurricanes, Cuvu Blues, and Malomalo Sharks.

Meanwhile, the competition is sponsored by Flying Fin, BLK and Sigatoka Electric and is in partnership with the Ministry of Health.

 

TODAY’S PROGRAMME:

10am Sigatoka Bulls v Tuva Highlanders; 11.30am Nokonoko v Waicoba Crusaders – Conua Chiefs; 1pm Cuvu Blues v Malomalo Chiefs; 2.30pm Noinabua Hurricanes v Wai Stormers

Edited by  Leone Cabenatabua

 

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