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Deans A Platform To Bigger Achievements: Colati

The Vodafone Fiji Secondary Schools Deans rugby competition is the best platform to prepare school boys and channeling them to professional rugby, says Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby Union executive Biu Colati.
29 Jul 2022 12:39
Deans A Platform To Bigger Achievements: Colati
France’s Virimi Vakatawa is a product of the Vodafone Deans trophy competition. Vakatawa played for Nasinu Secondary School. Photo: AP

The Vodafone Fiji Secondary Schools Deans rugby com­petition is the best platform to prepare school boys and chan­neling them to professional rugby, says Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby Union executive Biu Colati.

Some products of such compe­tition include, Anare Tabualevu (RKS), Paula Bale (QVS), Meli Ra­bonu (RKS)Viliame Kikau (MBHS), Jiuta Wainiqolo (RKS), Filimoni Botitu (Natabua High School), Meli Derenalagi (QVS), Sireli Maqala (RKS), Mesulame Dolakoto (QVS), Sevu Reece (QVS), Suliasi Vunivalu (LMS), Tevita Kuruid­rani (LMS), Viliame Mata (RKS), Setareki Tamanivalu (LMS), Vere­imi Vakatawa (Nasinu Secondary School) and the list goes on who are now earning their living from rugby.

We can expect the same from school girls in the near future now that 77 teams are included in the new Weet-bix Raluve competition.

Colati said the competition would pick up following the Fijian Drua’s inclusion in the Super Rugby Pa­cific this year.

“Deans rugby is the opening to schoolchildren intending to make rugby their career,” he said.

“Looking back at the performance of our Fijian Drua players in their debut Super Rugby competition, most of us were very happy.

“For that high level competition we need high level skills developed from the Under-14 to Under-17; this is where skills are supposed to be sharpened.

“Players in these age groups are taught how to catch and pass, kick, run lines – basic rugby skills.

“If they develop these skills from an early age, I’m sure we will have a lot of very good players knocking on Super Rugby doors and offshore lucrative rugby packages.

“Now every child that joins rugby clearly knows what they need to do, thanks to the clear pathway set by the Fiji Rugby Union.

“Fiji Secondary Schools rugby is fortunate that the development unit from FRU is always willing to assist them.

“There are a lot of workshops set up for the rules of the game, control of the game and so on, all these can be done by development officers.

“As teachers we are always proud of our students who make it big ei­ther in rugby or NRL.

“For us teachers we take pride in their achievements because of the sacrifice, commitment and hard work.

“Most of the time these zone teachers spend more time with these boys then their families so imagine when one of their players make it big.”

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