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Dumbea Partner Nadroga For Rugby Development

The Union Rugby Club Dumbea of New Caledonia (URCD) and the Nadroga Rugby Union partnership is the start of many incredible things between the two rugby power houses.
17 Apr 2022 12:30
Dumbea Partner Nadroga For Rugby Development
Peceli Yato

The Union Rugby Club Dumbea of New Caledonia (URCD) and the Nadroga Rugby Union partnership is the start of many incredible things between the two rugby power houses.

“This partnership although is the first one for us outside the French territory, is not the first with our involvement with Nadroga rugby players,” URCD vice-president Patrick Larget said in Suva on Thursday.

“Peceli Yato and Alivereti Raka are two Nadroga players with Clermont now and we hope to get more,” he said.

“This programme is a big achievement and to be involved with a rugby power house like Nadroga it is a priviledge.”

URCD is a feeder club to French Top 14 Clermont.

The two-year partnership is an exchange development programme for Under-16, U-17and U-19.

“The only thing is hindering this programme now is the flight,” Larget said.

“To fly from Wallis and Futuna to Fiji only takes one and half hour. This has been shelved due to the pandemic.

“It took me six hours to get here because I flew to Sydney and then came to Nadi, it is hard.”

NRU assistant secretary Erami Tawalo said the partnership is another door of opportunity for them.

“Rugby is a way out for majority of our youths, it has created employment opportunities and disciplined us to be better citizens,” Tawalo said.

“This partnership enhances our development programme as we create platforms for our youths to have a better future,” he said.

“This cultural exchange is a good way to expose our youths, learning new things and developing their rugby knowledge and experience.

Larget is hopeful that flights resume by September 24 as the Nadroga 7s team are going to be guests on their Citizenship Day.

The public holiday is also known as New Caledonia Day, and it commemorates the day in 1853 when the French took formal possession of the archipelago.



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