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Super Rugby Boosts Fiji As A Sports Tourism Destination

“Sports Tourism is very important in Fiji as we have seen over the years that Fiji is trying its level best to attract more international sports and it’s good for Fiji’s economy,” Kumar said
31 May 2019 17:36
Super Rugby Boosts Fiji As A Sports Tourism Destination
Minister for Trade and Tourism Premila Kumar with Gallagher Chiefs players on May 30,2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

The Fiji’s tourism is benefitting from the three successful Super Rugby matches over the years.

The comment was made by Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Local Government, Housing and Community Development Premila Kumar after some of the Gallagher Chiefs team members visited the ministry.

Kumar said Sports Tourism is a key component in the nation’s economy growth.

“Sports Tourism is very important in Fiji as we have seen over the years that Fiji is trying its level best to attract more international sports and it’s good for Fiji’s economy,” Kumar said

“And for the past three years we have seen that the tourism number has gradually increased which indicates that Fiji is truly a great destination.

“Whatever the result of the match be we look forward to the game day and may be the best team wins.

One Change, Chiefs Set

The Gallagher Chiefs will take on the Crusaders in front of a passionate Fijian crowd at ANZ Stadium in Suva on Saturday at 7.35pm.

Head coach Colin Cooper has made only one change to a versatile forward pack this weekend.

Hooker Nathan Harris earns a week off on All Blacks. Samisoni Taukei’aho will start at hooker with Bradley Slater joining the bench as cover in jersey number 16.

In the backline, halfback Brad Weber will start in his 70th appearance for the Gallagher Chiefs.

Cooper said the Gallagher Chiefs were excited for the challenge and to return to Fiji.

“The Crusaders are a quality side and will be another tough challenge for us. We have everything to play for, we will need to make the most of any opportunities presented to us and when we are not attacking, we need to be disciplined and accurate with our defensive structures.

“We will have plenty of passionate fans behind us here in Fiji, it is certainly a home away from home for us. Once we stepped off the plane, we knew we were in Chiefs country.”

Gallagher Chiefs; :1. Atu Moli, 2. Samisoni Taukei’aho, 3. Nepo Laulala,

4. Jesse Parete, 5. Tyler Ardron, 6. Lachlan Boshier, 7. Sam Cane (c), 8. Pita Gus Sowakula, 9. Brad Weber, 10. Jack Debreczeni,

11. Sean Wainui, 12. Anton Lienert-Brown, 13. Alex Nankivell, 14. Shaun Stevenson, 15. Solomon Alaimalo.

Reserves:

16. Bradley Slater, 17. Aidan Ross, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19. Daymon Leasuasu, 20. Mitchell Jacobson, 21. Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22. Marty McKenzie, 23. Tumua Manu

Unavailable for selection:

Bailyn Sullivan, Brodie Retallick, Damian McKenzie, Etene Nanai-Seturo, Fin Hoeata, Kane Hames, Laghlan McWhannell, Liam Polwart, Luke Jacobson, Michael Allardice, Mitchell Brown, Mitchell Karpik, Nathan Harris, Reuben O’Neill, Sam McNicol, Taleni Seu and Tiaan Falcon.

Edited by Osea Bola

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