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Kadavu Rugby Starts Weekly Club Competition

The Kadavu Rugby Union has revamped their club competition with the aim of building a provincial side to compete at top level domestic competition.
11 Jun 2022 14:46
Kadavu Rugby Starts Weekly Club Competition
: Flying Fijians backrow Albert Tuisue hails from the island of Kadavu. He has completed his contract with London Irish and has signed up with Gloucester for the next season.

The Kadavu Rugby Union has revamped their club competition with the aim of building a provincial side to compete at top level domestic competition.

The last official KRU club games were played in 1998 and since then club games have died out in the Island. The Kadavu team continued to compete in the Island Zone competition before it came into a halt in 2009.

Last week, the KRU ran its first round of club competition where eight clubs in the Tavuki Zone have registered in the round robin format competition. The union is expecting clubs from the rest of the zones to register in the next few days.

Kadavu Rugby committee member, Jekeli Boginivalu, said the chiefs in the Island have agreed to begin with the competition as they all share the need for a team to compete at a top-level domestic competition.

“We build up our competition in the past months with a 10-a-side round robin and right now we have transition into official round 1 of 15 aside,” Boginivalu told FRU Media.

“We have eight clubs, Namalata, Namuana, Ravitaki, Service, Drue, Namara, Waisomo, Natumua and Tavuki. We’re looking at 10 more clubs to register in the next few days.”

The Fiji Rugby Union is also working on reviving the Island Zone competition, which is one of the most contested competitions for maritime teams in the country.

This competition will provide a pathway for maritime teams to contest their way up into the top tier of the nation’s domestic competition.

The competition has been the breeding ground of many of Fiji Rugby legends in the past with the likes of Kaiava Salusalu, Joeli Veitayaki, Emosi Tatawaqa, Joe Naikidi, Isimeli Cerelala, Pio Tubui, Sireli Matavesi Snr, Vesito Rauluni, Jone Daunivucu, Rupeni Caucaunibuca, Jone Railomo and so on.

Kadavu has produced numerous rugby stars with the likes of Tuimasi Tubananitu, Sela Gutugutuwai, Ilai Musunamasi,  Isikeli Cagilaba, Mosese Nabati, Setareki Tawake, Nemani Matirewa, Joeli Matanatabu, Sale Sorovaki, Emosi Mulevoro, Leone Nakarawa, Setareki Tawake, Sevu Reece, Albert Tuisue, Sireli Naqelevuki  to name a few.

Here are some of the results of the second division competition. 

Results

WOMEN’S
Royal Tea Ranadi Cup: Nasinu 40-14 Ovalau, Serua 22-24 Malolo
ANZ Marama Championship: Under-19; Naitasiri 31-0 Namosi, Lautoka 12-Yasawa.
Seniors; Naitasiri 15-53 Namosi, Nadi 7-37 Suva, Lautoka 25-41 Yasawa


MEN’S
Vodafone Vanua:
Under-19; Ba 5-8 Vatukoula, Tavua 5-10 Ra, Nanukuloa 10-5 Macuata, Ovalau 12-20 Serua; Seniors; Serua 17-13 Ovalau, Nanukuloa 18-14 Macuata,
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