Rugby

Young Silktails Brigade

“I’m amazed with these young players so sometimes when we are in team meetings or events like this I stand back and just look around. I’m blessed to be in the position of coach.
29 Jan 2021 15:39
Young Silktails Brigade
Kaiviti Silktails rugby league club’s physio Isaiah Elder works on one of the players during training at the club’s gym in Lautoka on January 22, 2021. Photo: Kaiviti Silktails RLC

Kaiviti Silktails head coach Wes Naiqama has confidence in his young side ahead of the New South Wales Cup’s Ron Massey Cup competition that kicks-off in March.

The 28 players will be playing at the third tier competition.

Speaking to SUNsports Naiqama said, the players were eager to play in the competition.

“I got a very young group with a lot of energy,” the former Fijian Bati captain said.

“They all play exciting football. I have been tracking them all year long by watching them play in Suva and Lautoka.

“I’m really confident and we are ready for the competition.

“I’m amazed with these young players so sometimes when we are in team meetings or events like this I stand back and just look around. I’m blessed to be in the position of coach.

“I’m proud of every single one of these boys, this is a start of a new journey so I’m excited for what this year have for us.

“It has been good we’re heading into the third week of our pre-season.

“I’ve been really happy with how the group has come together.”

Naiqama said they’ve got a lot of work to do right from the field and into the gym.

“Once we get over to Sydney, we will get a bearing of how things are,” he said.

“I believe they will have to get use to the winter there but it’s still warm over there at the moment.”

Naiqama said they had been playing every Friday and the players were competing for positions.

“It has been physical. We will get another warm up game over there (in Sydney) before we kick off round one,” he said.

“I have pictured my round one team but I’ve told the boys no one’s guaranteed a spot in the starting line-up.

“Everyone is good and healthy. This week was our down week so we had some testing in the gym some really good numbers were obtained.

“We are definitely heading in the right direction.”

 

Hayne weds partner

Meanwhile, former Fijian Bati and rugby league star Jarryd Hayne has confirmed news of his wedding with partner Amellia Bonnici, hitting out at the ‘unfortunate’ fact that they weren’t able to announce the news themselves.

Hayne took to Instagram on Wednesday night to confirm that he and Bonnici tied the knot over the weekend after the news was leaked in the media.

“We met on 26th of Jan 5 years ago. Thank God for sorting us out and realising we meant to be,” the former NRL star wrote.

“Thank you to our families and friends who attended yesterday. We had an unbelievable day with you all.

“It was unfortunate to not have the honour to announce this ourselves.”

Hayne and Bonnici have been together since 2016 when he returned to Australia following a stint in the NFL.

The couple have a four-year-old daughter, Beliviah Ivy .

Naiqama and Hayne played for the Bati at the 2008 World Cup where they reached the semifinal for the first time.

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