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NRC Returns To ANZ Stadium, Suva

The Fiji Airways Drua round five of the Australian Na­tional Rugby Championship match against NSW Country next Saturday will relocate from Ratu Cakobau Park to ANZ Stadium in Suva, This
20 Sep 2018 10:00
NRC Returns To ANZ Stadium, Suva
Apisalome Waqatabu on attack for Fiji Airays Drua side against Sydney Rays at the ANZ Stadium on October 28,2017. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Fiji Airways Drua round five of the Australian Na­tional Rugby Championship match against NSW Country next Saturday will relocate from Ratu Cakobau Park to ANZ Stadium in Suva,

This was confirmed by the Fiji Rugby Union and endorsed by Rugby Australia. In addition to the NRC match, a curtain- raiser will be held between the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) and the Australian Army Rugby Union (AARU) teams, providing fans with two top quality games.

“Playing two high profile feature matches in the nation’s capital is a significant event for rugby and Fiji so in order to ensure more fans can witness the event live and after con­sultation with Rugby Australia, we have decided to move the games to ANZ Stadium,”FRU chief executive officer John O’Connor said.

The Australian Army are also sending over a contingent of their Army Band who will be boosted by members of the RFMF Band to en­tertain the troops on the field and in the stands.

The NRC competition is a great celebration of the relationship between Australia and Fiji and to have the two nation’s defence forces competing and combining in rug­by is another great symbol of the friendship.”

Crowd attendance at the two previ­ous NRC home matches have been satisfactory but O’Connor encour­ages the loyal rugby family of Fiji to turn out in numbers at Laucala.

“We hope to see a good crowd for the game at ANZ Stadium,”

“We are looking forward to our Fiji Airways Drua bouncing back from the loss last week to Queens­land Country and doing well in the remaining NRC matches and fans in the Central Division have a great opportunity to come down and watch them live at the stadium.

“We are urging our fans to come down in big numbers and let us cheer on and support the Fiji Air­ways Drua.”

Tickets will be available from Fiji Sports Council and the FRU from Monday.

Cost will be $10 for grandstand and $5 for concrete embankment and grassed area, with children un­der 12 free.

We have the record of NRC attend­ance at the stadium last year with over 11,000 and we are urging fans to come down so we can break the last record,” O’Connor said.

The Tappoo Fan of the Match competition will be back, with all entries in the draw to win a Fiji Air­ways Drua jersey and the chance to win a trip for two to the Hong Kong Sevens.

Round 5 NRC – Fiji Airways Drua v NSW Country

ANZ Stadium, Suva

Saturday 29th September, 3pm kick off.

Gates Open 10am

Curtain Raiser 1 – Fiji Airways Fi­jiana 15s Trials;

Curtain Raiser 2 – Republic of Fiji Military Force Rugby v Australian Army Rugby Union.

Fiji Rugby Union

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