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  The Australian Army Rugby team is in the country not only for military engagement but also to build a stronger relationship with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces through
27 Sep 2018 10:00
Aussies Ready To Play
Australia Army rugby team training at Bidesi Park on September 26,2018.Photo: Ronald Kumar

 

The Australian Army Rugby team is in the country not only for military engagement but also to build a stronger relationship with the Republic of Fiji Military Forces through rugby.

Australian Army Rugby Union national manager Lieutenant Colonel Ashley Cootes said it had been awhile since the two teams last played.

The teams will play in the curtain-raiser at 1pm to the Fiji Airways Fijian Drua-NSW Country Eagles match at the ANZ Stadium. The National Rugby Championship match kicks off at 3pm on Saturday.

“This is the first time in a long while that we have come to play in Fiji and the RFMF have been very professional and we have always known them for that,” Cootes said.

“We are looking forward to the match against the RFMF and I am sure that it will be played in a great spirit.

“Both teams have been mixing socially and they have been very well received by our men.”

RFMF women for Canberra 7s

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) will be sending a women’s team to the regional rugby sevens tournament in Canberra.

The inaugural 2018 Pacific Military Women’s Rugby Sevens Tournament (PACMIL Sevens) will be held on October 9-13.

The 12-member squad yesterday participated in a combined training run with the Australian Army Rugby Union (AARU) at the University of the South Pacific ground yesterday.

Coach Rabesa Sovu said training with the AARU had really helped them for the upcoming tournament.

“This is the first time in history for the RFMF to send a woman’s sevens team to this tournament,” Sova said.

“The Fiji Army Bears won the Defence Forces Rugby League World Cup and the women are inspired to do the same.

“This is our first training with the AARU team and we have learned a lot from them.

“We are trying to win the Defence Forces World Cup for the women and this is our goal going forward.”

Ten teams will be participating in the three- day competition.

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