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Players to Adapt to Global Rapid Rugby’s Rules: O’Connor

GRR matches are slightly shorter than the tra­ditional 80 minutes and have other variations from standard rugby laws with the intention to increase the speed of the game.
08 May 2019 12:08
Players to Adapt to Global Rapid Rugby’s Rules: O’Connor
Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor.

Swire Shipping Fijian Latui will host two Global Rapid Rugby’s (GRR) Pacific Show­case Series to prepare for the GRR compe­tition next year.

Latui will host Kagifa Samoa next Saturday, May 18 and face Western Force on May 25 at Churchill Park, Lautoka.

GRR matches are slightly shorter than the tra­ditional 80 minutes and have other variations from standard rugby laws with the intention to increase the speed of the game.

“Our main focus right now is to get these play­ers familiarise themselves with the rules, since it’s different from rugby union and prepare them for next year,” said Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer O’Connor said.

“We are looking forward to prepare these play­ers for the four matches.”

The Latui will be coached by Senirusi Seru­vakula, with the 49-year-old having enjoyed plenty of success with both the Fijian Warriors and the Fiji Airways Fijian Drua sides, winning both the Pacific Rugby Challenge and the Na­tional Rugby Championship.

LAW VARIATIONS

1) Matches last 70 minutes (compared with 80 minutes under the standard rugby union laws),

2) Time limits for scrums (1 minute) and lin­eouts (45 seconds to set),

3) Defensive 22 metr area kicking change – No gain in ground *ever* when kicking direct to touch – even from within your 22 – the same as the World Rugby law for outside the 22.

4) A 9-point ‘power try’ for attacks launched within 22 meters of the scoring team’s own try line.

LATUI SQUAD: Eroni Mawi, Joeli Veitayaki,Immanuel Naciva,Mateo Qolisese, Mesu Dolokoto,Vugakoto Veremalua, Jale Sasen,Luke Tagi,Apisai Vatubuli,Alivereti Rabukawaqa,Peni Tupou,Tuifagalele Soro,Vatiliai Matakaca, Pani Naulago,Necani Nawaqatabu,Mosese Voka,Peni Raidre,Vasikali Mudu,Filimoni Seru,Johnny Dyer,Timoci Davu,Frank Lomani,Seru Vularika,Jone Manu,Fabiano Navabale,Netava Koroisau,Apete Daveta,Apisalome Daveta,John Stewart,Ifireimi Tomilevu,Aporosa Tabulawaki,Lepani Raiyala,Tira Welagi,Enele Malele,Apisalome Waqatabu,Meli Nakarawa

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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