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Ex-Bati For Rising

Ex-Bati For Rising
Fabian Goodall while playing for the Vodafone Fijian Bati in 2016. He is now named in the Melbourne Rising squad for the Australian National Rugby Championship. Photo:
August 27
11:00 2018


A former Vodafone Fijian Bati wing could be playing for Melbourne Rising against the Fiji Airways Fijian Drua in the Australian National Rugby Cham­pionship at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori on Saturday.

Last Saturday, the former National Rugby League (NRL) Manly Sea Ea­gles rep Fabian Goodall was named in the Melbourne Rising squad for this year’s NRC.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday Goodall said this was his second year playing in the NRC after mak­ing his switch at the end of 2016. He played for the Western Sydney Rams in last year’s NRC.

“This is my first year with the Mel­bourne Rising,” Goodall said.

“I’d like to play in Super Rugby and that’s my overall goal when switch­ing to rugby union.”

He said the NRC competition is tough and helps give players the op­portunity to showcase their talents.

Goodall pointed out that he would be flying from Sydney to Melbourne for training before the travelling squad is finalised.

In October 2014, he made his inter­national rugby league debut with the Fijian Bati when they took on Lebanon for the Hayne/Mannah Cup.

The following year, Goodall played at centre for the Bati against Pap­ua New Guinea Kumuls where he scored a try in the 22-10 win at the Cbus Super Stadium (now known as Robina Stadium) in Gold Coast, Aus­tralia.

He then joined Parramatta Eels and moved on to Manly.

The NRC opener kicks-off at 3pm.


Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa will hold a charity benefit during an Evening with the Classic Wallabies that will feature a star studded line-up of both former and current Wal­laby players.

The partnership between Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa is part of Shangri-La’s Embrace Care for Peo­ple project and is being done in part­nership with the Classic Wallabies.

“We are delighted to announce that this year we are partnering with the Classic Wallabies to raise awareness for the Fiji Kidney Research Cen­tre,” said resident manager, Chris Hamilton.

“To this end we will be holding an evening with our Classic Wallabies with the likes of household names like Lote Tuqiri, Radike Samu and Samu Kerevi.”

All monies raised from the benefit will support ongoing dialysis treat­ment for children in Fiji.

In Fiji, 500 new and end stage kid­ney disease cases are reported an­nually. These cases usually require transplants.

Dialysis treatment is expensive and unaffordable for 80 per cent patients.

Diabetics are at the highest risk of developing kidney disease which is amongst the top three causes of mortality in Fiji.

“We hope to raise awareness of kidney disease through this part­nership as Fiji now has the world’s highest rate of death by diabetes much of which is attributed to kid­ney disease,” said Hamilton.

– Edited by Osea Bola


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