Taniela: No Longer Forgotten In 7s

“We’re affiliated to the Northland Rugby Union. The sponsorship has given our young men and women something new to look forward too apart from farming.
08 Apr 2021 09:33
Taniela: No Longer Forgotten In 7s
From left, Flour Mills of Fiji Foods Limited marketing manager Amrita Priyadarshani, Nukuvuto Zone chairman Samuela Murica, FMF Foods Limited operations manager Jimi Taniela, Victorian 7s official Koroibulu Roqica during the press conference at the FMF Foods Limited headquarters at Walu Bay, Suva, on April 7, 2021. Photo: FMF Foods Limited

The Suva, Lautoka to Rakira­ki corridor is known for sev­ens rugby activities while Northland (Tailevu North) is of­ten forgotten.

This is soon going to be a thing of the past after the Flour Mills of Fiji Foods Limited (FMF) signed a three-year deal yesterday for a se­ries of sevens rugby tournaments fo the Nukuvuto Zone.

FMF operations manager Jimi Taniela said this was nothing new for the company.

“We’ve started supporting rugby from the village teams and right up to the Flying Fijians, where at one stage we were the major sponsor,” he said.

“FMF is honoured to support the Nukuvuto sevens series in an area, which is virtually untouched. It’s our corporate social responsibil­ity as we want people living there to develop their living standards through rugby.”

Nukuvuto Zone chairman Samu­ela Murica said they are grateful to the FMF sponsorship and it’s going to have a big impact on their young men and women.

“The Nukuvuto Zone is from Na­mena to Burewai and between is about 26 villages,” Murica said.

“We’re affiliated to the Northland Rugby Union. The sponsorship has given our young men and women something new to look forward too apart from farming.

“At least now they are occupied with training after farming in their respective villages as they look for­ward to playing in the series.

‘But moreover they promote healthy living as well.”

Murica said they are hoping to run their series from August to Oc­tober.

FMF marketing manager Amrita Priyadarshani said they are also working in developing the Natovi Park.

“It will be known as the FMF Na­tovi Park and the first of the series tournament will be played there,” she added.

Chief opens tournament

Meanwhile, the Turaga Na Ka Levu, Ratu Tevita Makutu, will officially open the FMF Vic­torian 7s tournament at the Nukuvuto,Queen Victoria School on May 1.

This was revealed when Flour Mills of Fiji Foods Limited stepped in to sponsor the tournament.

The funds collected from the tour­nament will be directed to the con­struction of a multi-purpose hall at Vulinitu.

The tournament is organised by the Tailevu North branch of the Queen Victoria School Old Boys Association.

Tournament official, Koroibulu Roqica said, they had been plan­ning it from last year where a multi-purpose hall could be used by young people for development purposes.

Taniela, said they are proud of backing a tournament where pro­ceeds would be directed for a wor­thy cause.

Roqica said they are hoping to accommodate 32 men’s teams and eight women’s teams for the tour­nament.

“The last tournament we had was in 2015 but now we want to make it an annual event,” he added

Edited by Osea Bola

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