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What change has Super Rugby brought to our local rugby competition?
16 Jun 2022 15:52
Super Impact
The impact of Super Rugby, the performances of Swire Shipping Fijian Drua and Rooster Chicken Fijiana Drua, have inspired local players like Kaliova Mocetadra (with ball) of Naitasiri to play better rugby, and with intensity. Photo: Leon Lord

What change has Super Rugby brought to our local rugby competition?

Some will say more tries, higher scoring matches and generally, more razzle dazzle.

According to Fiji Rugby Union’s operation manager, Sale Sorovaki, the intensity of the game, the excitement, and the opportunities it provides for our young rugby playing generation has been a game changer.

Sorovaki said that the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua, and the Rooster Chicken Fijiana Drua teams have brought local players a sense of hope.

“Having the Drua in the Super Rugby competition has created a lot of excitement and enthusiasm amongst our local-based teams and players,” he said.

“Today, we can see the level of intensity in the Skipper Cup and the Vodafone Vanua Cup games, have increased.”

We have all seen how Super Rugby has pushed our local teams and players to lift their performance to match the standards of the competition.

The past Super Rugby games held in Suva between the Crusaders, Chiefs and Hurricanes from 2016 to 2019 were also hailed as pivotal moments, demonstrating Fiji’s appetite to support rugby at the elite level, with bumper crowds, and successful staging also important evidence to convince New Zealand Rugby (NZR) that Fiji was ready for high level Super Rugby matches in our country.

“The Fijiana Drua’s achievement in the Super W comp has brought a lot of excitement for the ANZ Marama and Vodafone Marama Championship,” Sorovaki said.

“See our local female players. Because they realise their dreams.

Feedback: simione.haravanua@fijisun.com.fj

 



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