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Women 10s Now Part Of Vodafone Vanua Championship

Women 10s to be part of this year’s Vodafone Vanua Championship.
11 Apr 2019 15:06
Women 10s Now Part Of Vodafone Vanua Championship
Women representatives from the 11 Vanua Unions with Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor (sixth from left) and Vodafone head of e-commerce and corporate affairs Shailendra Prasad during the official launch of the 2019 Vodafone Vanua Championship at Albert Park, Suva on April 10, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

For the first time a Fiji Rugby Union women’s 10s competition will be played from this year’s Vodafone Vanua Championship.

This was unveiled yesterday during the official launch of the Vodafone Vanua Championship at Albert Park in Suva.

There are going to be:

  • 16 teams participating in the main Vodafone Vanua Championship
  • 9 teams in the Vodafone Vanua Women’s Championship (10s rugby)
  • 11 teams in the Vodafone Vanua Under-19 Championship.

Speaking during the launch FRU chief executive officer John O’Connor was overwhelmed with the support from Vodafone.

“As sponsors Vodafone has greatly supported us over the years and last year had been an amazing year for Fiji Rugby in terms of achievement on and off the field,” he said.

“And Vodafone not only extended their partnership to this competition but also towards Kaji Rugby and the Deans competition which us yet to be launched.

“It’s a big year for us as well as we have the Rugby World Cup and the Under-20’s Junior World Cup and without these huge sponsorships from our sponsors we wouldn’t have been able provide such great opportunities for our teams.”

Vodafone Fiji head of e-Commerce and corporate affairs Shailendra Prasad said this is the third year in succession that they are supporting the Vanua championship.

“Vanua as the name suggests is sacred to the Fijian way of living and resonates with one of the core global values of Vodafone – which is passion for the people,” Prasad said

“Through our sponsorship to FRU, last year, for the first time a Vodafone Vanua selection team were able to make an overseas tour.

“This is a huge boost for grassroots rugby as players get the much-needed exposure and experience to play at international level.

“And through this competition Alivereti Veitokani playing for Rewa was discovered. He is now playing professional rugby in the UK (United Kingdom) and also a Flying Fijian. It’s a platform to identify new talents and

get them to develop to their full potential.” Prasad said in a change in format has allowed a longer duration of competition as opposed to the compressed two weeks. “This in turn produces better quality matches with better coached and well rested players.

“The two teams that get a chance to play in the final have the opportunity to be promoted to the Skipper Cup Premier.”

FRU with the support of Vodafone provided

each participating Union with $20,000 participation grant for the senior teams and $5000 for the U19 team.

  • $5000 will be the first allocation payout during the launch while the remaining allocations will be paid in subsequent months of May and June 2019.
  • All unions are required to field an U19 and Women 10’s team where Unions will be given an additional $5,000 for each team to assist their U19 teams with contributions as follows;
  • All unions received one set of playing kits for each of their three teams
  • All Unions received 10 Gilbert rugby match balls, to be allocated for each of the representative teams.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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