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Fiji Rugby Union To Run Secondary Schools Deans Trophy Competition

Prime Minister and FRU president Voreqe Bainimarama, has put all speculations to rest indicating this is part of the transformation at Rugby House where bold changes are being made.
13 Feb 2019 12:55
Fiji Rugby Union To Run Secondary Schools Deans Trophy Competition
Ratu Kadavulevu School was crowned Deans under 18 winners at ANZ Stadium on August 11, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

The Fiji Secondary Schools rugby competition where the Deans Trophy is at stake is now going to administrated and run by the Fiji Rugby Union together with the Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby affiliate.

Prime Minister and FRU president Voreqe Bainimarama, has put all speculations to rest indicating this is part of the transformation at Rugby House where bold changes are being made.

“As part of our changes to the FRU constitution, we also brought the Deans and Kaji competitions under our wings, and will now be fully responsible for their conduct and oversight, as is the case with all other domestic competitions,” Bainimarama said.

‘MAKE-OR- BREAK PHASE’

“The FRU will work closely with rugby affiliates at Fiji’s Primary schools –– our Kaji– and Secondary schools– our Deans– to ensure that these competitions are played and governed by rules and regulations that are fair, transparent, and in full compliance with all the World Rugby requirements,” he added.

“This is grassroots rugby at its finest, and if we are to compete consistently at the international level, it is critical that we get it right in these competitions.

“This can be a make-or-break phase for our young ruggers; it’s a turning point where, in the absence of a good support network, they may hang up their kits– but with that network in place, they are positioned to thrive at higher levels.

“Our kids need to get the right coaching and guidance from properly-accredited staff– from coaches, to strength and conditioning experts, to medics– and I urge FRU to work closely with the two affiliates to make this happen. We need to get this right.”

The Prime Minister highlighted that last year, Vodafone took over the sponsorship of the kaji competition for the first time.

“Thanks to their support, FRU was able to provide financial support to each of the 36 districts, helping them to organise their districts’ tournaments without being burdened by cost.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

“Through this sponsorship, FRU provided similar financial support to Fiji’s divisional competitions to host their tournament, helping to pay for transportation and accommodation costs for the teams, relieving parents and teachers of a roadblock to young ruggers participating.”

Bainimarama thanked Vodafone for their commitment to making rugby free and accessible to all Fijian boys and girls.

“I’m confident that FRU, together with executives from Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby, will make the most of this new partnership, paving the way for another successful Deans competition.”

The chairman of FRU Francis Kean thanked Vodafone for coming on board to sponsor and support the Deans Rugby.

He highlighted that FRU will in the immediate future, will be meeting with Fiji Secondary Schools executives and the Ministry of Education to plan and prepare for this year’s Deans Trophy competition.

“As with the Kaji competition last year, we intend to work with the executives of the Fiji Secondary Schools to ensure that we support their zone competitions financially and ensure parents, teachers and supporters are not burdened with costs of transportation, accommodation (if necessary) and kit costs.

“As part of the Vodafone sponsorship, we will provide support for transportation costs for teams travelling to the venue of the national quarterfinals at all levels and in both Tiers.

“We will also be providing all the playing kits for all the teams that qualify for the quarterfinals,” Kean said.
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