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Rugby Deal Brings Hope To Pacific Players

Tonga A halfback John Ika believes the recent partnership between World Rugby and Pacific Rugby in assisting players to secure contracts with professional clubs will lift the performance level in
20 Mar 2018 10:00
Rugby Deal Brings Hope To Pacific Players
Combined Pacific Island players with Pacific Rugby and World Rugby officials at Albert Park, Suva on March 19, 2018 . Photo: Anasilini Ratuva

Tonga A halfback John Ika believes the recent partnership between World Rugby and Pacific Rugby in assisting players to secure contracts with professional clubs will lift the performance level in the region.

This has meant a lot to the 25-year-old player and feels this the opening they have been waiting for.

“There is not much support from the family but coming here and getting this opportunity will enable me to support my family and country.”

Ika said their prayers have finally been answered.

“This will help develop Pacific Rugby and improve our career by getting overseas contracts and hopefully in the 2019 Rugby World Cup we will play for our country and compete competitively.

“My advice I would give to the next generation is to love the sport and continue playing rugby,” he said.

When approached Fijian Warriors utility back Serupepeli Vularika is hopeful of securing a contract and to expose his talent.

“This will really assist us especially those of us looking to secure overseas contracts. This opportunity is a blessing to us Pacific brothers,” Vularika said.

“The fact that this opportunity has actually come to our doorstep, we are grateful and we want to thank World Rugby for this.”

The are 13 players from the Fijian Warriors in the squad.

– Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

 

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