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Sharks Stint Delights Duo

Kevueli Sauvakacolo and Silivenusi Toka were fortunate to have been chosen to train in a professional environment.
07 Dec 2019 17:42
Sharks Stint Delights Duo
From left: Kevueli Saulvakacolo,former Fiji rugby league captain Petero Civoniceva with Silivenusi Toka. Photo: Facebook/Adopt a Sharkie

NRL club Cronulla Sharks aim to provide further opportunities for young rugby league players.

This was providing two young players an opportunity to train with the Sharks development team.

Kevueli Sauvakacolo and Silivenusi Toka were fortunate to have been chosen to train in a professional environment.

“This is the very first time for us to travel overseas. It’s the very first time so we are blessed for the opportunity,” Sauvakacolo said.

“It’s been a very good experience with the Sharks. We did fitness [since arriving] and it was really hard, really tougher than the training in Fiji. Yeah, I’m really blessed to be here with the Sharks.”

The programme is part of the Sydney-based club’s Pasifika strategy which is helping to build relationships between the club and the Pacific Islands.

Silktails partnership

Sharks recruitment manager Grant Jones said the partnership with the Kaiviti Silktails could provide further opportunities to Fijian players who progressed through the club’s pathway development programme.

“The Pacific Islands are a great breeding ground for young athletes and these guys are amazing,” he said.

“Not just the two boys we’ve brought across [from Fiji], but Samoans, Tongans, Cook Island boys, Fijian – they’re all amazing athletes, so it’s a great opportunity for these young guys but at the same time it could be beneficial to the Fijians rugby league [Silktails] and to our club, the Sharks.”

Kevu and Sili are taken care of by the Sharks Adopt a Sharkie homestay programme, giving the players a safe and stable home environment while they chase their NRL dream.

They will continue to train with the Under- 18 and U16 teams for another four weeks before heading back to Fiji early next year.

Board members meeting

Meanwhile, the new board members of the Fiji National Rugby League first meeting will be held next week.

The new members are Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto, Ilaitia Tagituimua, Tevita Korosaya, Aporosa Lutunauga and Taniela Vakamoce.

Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Youth and Sports Maritino Nemani believes the new members will move the sport forward.

“We need the right people to take rugby league to another level,” he said.

“We need the right fit to manage the sport properly.

“The previous board members have done their job and should be commended.”

Fiji National Sports Commission executive chairman Peter Mazey said:

“They will now meet to appoint four more people because the board has to have 10 members. I believe the board will lift the standard of rugby league in the country.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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