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Skipper Cup Teams Seek Fiji Rugby Assistance

Teams competing in the 2020 Skipper Cup Premiership are seeking the Fiji Rugby Union help regarding merchandise for the annual competition set to kick off on July 11.
24 May 2020 13:17
Skipper Cup Teams Seek Fiji Rugby Assistance

Teams competing in the 2020 Skipper Cup Premiership are seeking the Fiji Rugby Union help regarding merchandise for the annual competition set to kick off on July 11.

This was after a directive by the FRU that all eight provincial unions (Suva, Nadroga, Naitasiri, Nadi, Tailevu, Lautoka, Namosi, Yasawa) should wear BLK merchandise. BLK is an Australian sporting goods manufacturing company.

This has caused companies like Jack’s of Fiji to sever deals with teams like Suva, the defending champions of the Skipper Cup Premiership.

“Fiji Rugby Union announcing BLK as major supplier has actually caused Jack’s to pull out,” Suva Ruby Union team manager Nemani Tuifagalele said.

“Apparently what BLK provides is apparel and kits of all eight provincial teams. We have been associated with Jack’s for the last three years.

“Jack’s have actually pulled out but we are seeking assistance from FRU and BLK for other sponsors to help us.”

However Nadi Rugby Union treasurer/chairman of the games committee Jeff Tamata said Jack’s would still be their main supplier for the Skipper Cup and Farebrother Challenge Series.

“We signed a deal with Jack’s of Fiji and we will honour it,”Tamata said.

“The FRU has been notified and are well aware. We will finalise sponsorship details next month. Jack’s of Fiji will be our major supplier for the Skipper Cup and Farebrother competition.”

FITNESS

Tuifagalele said the Suva coaching staff would assess their players’ fitness before the tournament kicked off.

“Players have been given training programmes and it would be good to get them together so that we will be able to assess them.”

NO FANS

Regarding no fans at the games due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Tuifagalele said it did not suit the atmosphere of rugby or any other sport in Fiji.

“We need spectators,” he said.

“If they are going to televise it, then that’s good.

“But Fijians want to watch their teams in action live.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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