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No Local Games For Overseas Based Player, Focus On PNC

This includes the semifinals and final of the Skipper Cup Premiership, Vodafone Vanua Challenge, club competition and any national sevens tournament.
15 Jun 2019 11:16
No Local Games For Overseas Based Player, Focus On PNC
Fiji Airways Flying Fijians front row, (from left) Campese Ma'afu, Manasa Saulu, Leone Nakarawa and Ropate Rinakama during training at Albert Park. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Overseas-based players in the Fiji Airways Flying Fijian squad have been reminded not to play in any local competition.

This includes the semifinals and final of the Skipper Cup Premiership, Vodafone Vanua Challenge, club competition and any national sevens tournament.

Fiji Rugby Union chief executive officer John O’Connor said yesterday the players have been urged to keep training for the two matches against the Maori All Blacks next month followed by the Pacific Nations Cup (PNC).

This is part of their build-up to the September Rugby World Cup in Japan.

“The players have been released by their overseas clubs to only play for the Flying Fijians,” O’Connor said.

“If they don’t they are taking a risk since if they get injured they will not be covered by the insurance set by World Rugby.”

The overseas-based players are expected to be among fans at Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori, and Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka for today’s Skipper Cup Premiership semifinals.

Defending champions Suva take on Nadi in Nausori while Nadroga face Naitasiri at home. Kick-off is at 3pm.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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