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$112k For Rugby League

The Fiji National Sports Com­mission presented a cheque of $112,000 to the Fiji National Rugby League in Suva yesterday. This is to assist in the preparation in the hosting of
24 Oct 2018 11:00
$112k For Rugby League
Fiji National Rugby League chairman Peni Musunamasi(left) with Fiji National Sports Commission chairman Peter Mazey in Suva on October 23,2018 Photo: FNRL Media

The Fiji National Sports Com­mission presented a cheque of $112,000 to the Fiji National Rugby League in Suva yesterday.

This is to assist in the preparation in the hosting of the tri-series tour­nament on November 17-20 at Prince Charles Park, Nadi and Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka.

The tri-series tournament will see the Fiji Residents side hosting the British Amateur Rugby League Asso­ciation (BARLA) and the Australian Affiliated States team.

Handing over the cheque FNSC chairman Peter Mazey said; “We sup­port our local players development like what we did to our Fiji Airways Fijian Drua. They are performing well now.”

Receiving the cheque FNRL chair­man Peni Musunamasi said they were grateful for the Government’s sup­port.

“We happy for the support FNSC has given us to host the tri-series tourna­ment next month,”Musunamasi said.

“The Government have been behind us and we acknowledge their sup­port.”

Musunamasi is also keeping his hopes alive for more Government grant as they plan an exciting 2019 journey.

“2019 will be a busy year for us as we planned for a June test against Cook Islands and in November against Sa­moa and Papua New Guinea.

“We will also have the Pacific Games in July and we hope the Government can grant us more funding.”

Musunamasi also said they hope to confirm the NSW Bid which will serve as a pathway for our youth players and locals to the NSW Cup and NRL clubs.

Bati coach

Another important issue is having the Vodafone Fiji Bati coach in the country.

“We are also seeking support from the Australia Rugby League Com­mission to assist us financially if we can have the Vodafone Fiji Bati coach based in Fiji and also to assist us to have our High Performance special­ists to be in Fiji,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mazey confirmed the FNSC will continue to fund the head coach to develop the Fiji Bati team and produce another exciting result in the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.

The Bati lost to Australia in the semi­final after beating New Zealand in the quarterfinal in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

Edited by Osea Bola

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