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Secondary Schools Rugby League Today

There are 71 secondary schools participating this year compared to 74 last year.
20 Feb 2021 11:08
Secondary Schools Rugby League Today
Penrith Panthers’ Viliame Kikau (left) was first identified during the FSSRL competition.

The Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby League (FSSRL) starts their weekly zone competition today.

And FSSRL president, Akuila Vute, looks forward to a great year ahead.

The FSSRL did not complete its national quarterfinals last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic that restricted sporting events.

There are 71 secondary schools participating this year compared to 74 last year.

New schools like Namosi Secondary School, Balata College and Ba Sanatan College have joined the competition.

“First of all, we are grateful that our competition is back and we become the first oragnisation to carry out the school sanctioned- sporting competition for 2021,” Vute said.

“It is a drop of three teams from last year, but we are still happy with interest from other schools. “We have a number of new schools joining us again for this year, there is a grown interest for rugby league in schools, especially in the West.”

Australian Wallabies winger Marika Koroibete, former All Blacks centre Seta Tamanivalu, Penrith Panthers prop Viliame Kikau, Northampton Saints winger Taqele Naiyaravoro were among those star players who were identified during the competition.

Competition begins proper in the three zones: South-East Zone at St Marcellin Primary School grounds, Ba-Ra-Tavua Sub Zone at Theodore Park in Vatukoula while Nadi/Lautoka/Sigatoka Sub Zone will meet at the Ba Provivincial Free Bird Institute ground in Lautoka.

“We are sending out our invitation to all rugby league lovers, to all families and friends of all participating schools if they can come and show their support to the boys who will be playing at the respective venues,” Vute said.

“There will be some fees charged at the gate, so please be prepared.”

FSSRL also conducted girl’s competition last year, however, Vute said they would re-look at this later.

“We are still yet to confirm our girl’s competition when we get our plans ready,” he said.

“But definitely, we will have some competition for girls at zone level.”

Meanwhile, Queen Victoria School are the defending Under-19 champions, Nasinu Secondary School are the U17 holders while Ratu Kadavulevu School were the U15 champions in 2019.

WHAT’S ON TODAY

South Eastern Fixtures at St Marcellin Primary School Grounds

Ground 1: 8:30 U15B Gospel Titans v William Cross Dragons, 9:30 U19A John Wesley Warriors v AOG Sea Eagles, 10:50 U19B Lelean Knights v Lomaivuna Rabbitohs, 12:10pm U19A Nabua Broncos v Namosi Warriors, 1:30pm U19B Naitasiri Panthers v Sukuna Broncos, 2:50pm U19B RKS Eels v Marist Storms, 4:10pm U19A Nasinu Panthers v QVS Knights

Ground 2: 8:30 U15D Dudley Saints v RSMS, 9:30 U17B Nasinu Panthers v Rishikul Raiders, 10:40 U17D Marist Storms v Kalabu Cowboys, 11:50 U17D AOG Sea Eagles v Sila Tigers, 1:00pm U17C Shree Dhar Sharks v Sukuna Broncos, 2:10 U17C Lelean Knights v Sacred Heart Storm, 3:20pm U17A Gospel Saints v Marcellin Bulldogs

Ground 3: 8:30 U15B Sacred Heart Storm v AOG Sea Eagles, 9:30 U15A Marcelling Bulldogs v Saint Vincent Sea Eagles, 10:30 U15B Sila Tigers v Basden Roosters, 11:30 pm U15C Naitasiri Panthers v Rt Latianara Raiders, 12:30pm U15C Nasinu Panthers v Shree Dhar Sharks, 1:30pm U17A John Wesley Warriors v RKS Eels, 3:20pm U17B Tailevu North Cowboys v Suva Grammar Titans

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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