SPORTS

Over $551K To Boost Skipper Cup Competition

“We know all teams in this competition play to represent their provinces with pride and set examples for young players to strive to reach this level.”
12 Apr 2019 12:21
Over $551K To Boost Skipper Cup Competition
Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor (fifth from left) and CJ Patel (Pacific) Limited group marketing manager Ashwin Prasad (fifth from right) with senior team captains during the 2019 Skipper Cup launch at Albert Park, Suva on April 11,2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Fiji Rugby Union received a sponsorship boost of more than $551,000 from the CJ Patel Group of Companies for the 2019 Skipper Cup which kicks start today.

The competition will see eight teams – namely, Nadroga, Namosi, Naitasiri, Suva, Rewa, Nadi, the newly-promoted Tailevu and Northland – battle it out for provincial rugby supremacy.

Speaking during the launch at Albert Park, Suva yesterday, FRU chief executive officer John O’Connor acknowledged CJ Patel for their continued support of the Skipper Cup.

“CJ Patel’s more than $500,000 towards the operation of the Skipper Cup is a significant investment that includes club grants, playing kit provisions and ball supply,” O,Connor said.

“I would like to thank CJ Patel Group for being by Fiji Rugby’s side when it comes to a competition that is the pinnacle for domestic rugby in this country.

“We know all teams in this competition play to represent their provinces with pride and set examples for young players to strive to reach this level.”

O’Connor also highlighted that each Union will receive a grant of $50,000 for their Senior and Under-19 teams.

“Part of the grant will be utilised by FRU to contract head coaches, S&C coaches, medical officers, team managers and the 25 athletes in the playing squad,” he added

“It is another milestone year for the competition as the local players will compete throughout the season for a place in the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians squad for the World Cup in Japan as well as the Fiji Airways Fijians Drua squad.

“The Skipper Cup unites the nation as it’s accessible for fans with high class rugby available in all the regions where people can truly stand proud for their local heroes and teams.”

CJ Patel (Pacific) Limited group marketing manager Ashwin Prasad said: “Today’s (yesterday’s) launch marks the 6th year of the Skipper Cup competition and it has truly been an incredible journey.

“CJ Patel is committed to developing and improving standards and identifying and the raw talent that provincial level needs.

“Referring to the success of rugby in the country, for the past five years we have won the HSBC Sevens series and become winners at the Olympic Games and managed to build good platforms for women and children’s rugby as well.”

The Skipper Cup Championship features both a senior and Under-19s divisions.

The FRU’s Women’s Championship will feature as a curtain-raiser to the senior men’s matches.

The women’s competition will expand to 15-a-side in 2019 from 10-a-side last year.

The senior men’s winner in will be awarded $30,000 with the runner up will receive $15,000.

The winner of the Under-19s competition will be awarded $5,000 and the runner up $2,000

Today’s match will see Naitasiri taking on Namosi at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori.2nd June this year.

Edited by Sheldon Chanel

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