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Fijian Latui Set For Elite International Competition

The Showcase series is a forerunner to the Global Rapid Rugby Series, to be introduced in 2020, and will be played under a set of experimental rules, endorsed by World Rugby.
01 Mar 2019 14:00
Fijian Latui Set For Elite International Competition

Fiji Rugby is set to embark on a fresh journey of elite international competition launching an exciting new team to play in a home and away Pacific Showcase series this May.

The Fijian Latui, drawn from locally based players will play in the six match Pacific Showcase series, alongside Perth’s Western Force and the Kafiga Samoa team.

The Showcase series is a forerunner to the Global Rapid Rugby Series, to be introduced in 2020, and will be played under a set of experimental rules, endorsed by World Rugby that reward attacking, free-scoring play, and are designed to entertain crowds, make the game faster and showcase spectacular rugby.

Power tries, rolling substitutions, shorter halves, timed set pieces and more make up the revised rules to apply to the series.

The rule changes applicable to the Showcase Series will include:

35 minute halves
9 point Power tries
Kickouts from inside 22 result in turnover to opposition from kicking spot.
Rolling substitutions
Plus a bonus point system

FRU CEO, John O’Connor said “The showcase series looks to bring fast paced, action packed rugby that Fijian fans are sure to love whilst providing our athletes with another high quality competition to play in and gain invaluable exposure to elite performance.”

The Fiji Latui will play two home games on May 18th & 25th, with away games played on 7th June v Kafiga Samoa at Navigation Homes Stadium, Auckland and against Western Force in Perth on 21st June.

The Showcase series has been organised by Australian business man Andrew Forrest and his Global Rapid Rugby venture. A 6 match Asian Showcase series will also be played between 29 March and 12 May featuring the Western Force, the Singapore-based Asia Pacific Dragons and the South China Tigers of Hong Kong.

Winners of the Asia and Pacific Showcase will access to a $50,000 AUD prize pool to assist local community rugby programmes.

The Fijian Latui derive their name from the predatory Fijian Goshawk known for its stealthy but lightning quick attack from both land and air.

O’Connor added “Like Fiji as a nation, the Latui is a smaller sized predator but no less lethal or intimidating as a bird of prey than any of the larger species”

The Fijian Latui will look to emulate these characteristics of intimidation, cunning, pace and attack when they step onto the field against the Western Force and Samoa in the upcoming series.

Fiji Rugby will release more information around the Fijian Latui squad and management composition in the coming weeks followed by match and ticket information.

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