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Rugby Assists In Discipline For Basden Girls

Winning the Weet-Bix Raluve competition is not a goal for Basden College Under-18 girls.
15 Aug 2022 16:11
Rugby Assists In Discipline For Basden Girls
Basden College Under-18 girls rugby team at Marist Brothers High School grounds on August 13, 2022. Photo: Sereana Salalo

Winning the Weet-Bix Raluve competition is not a goal for Basden College Under-18 girls.

It is to help discipline athletes says teacher and coach Waisale Tavatuilagi.

He said despite being a small school with less grant, it did not deter them from fielding a team in the Weet-Bix Raluve competition in the Southern Zone.

They also relied on sponsors to achieve rugby dream for their Under-18 girls.

They are grateful to the Anglican church for their support.

Like most schools, these girls are playing rugby for the first time.

“Interest is quite good. There was no rugby for Basden for the previous years,” he said.

“We are fielding two teams; Under 18 for Raluve and Under-19 for the Deans.

“For us, it’s not about winning, it’s about instilling discipline to these girls. I have laid out rules; if you are late to training, you won’t play and the attendance has been good.

“Most of the students playing are in Year 10 and 11.

“Most of them come from average families, they struggle, some of them still do not have rugby boots now.

“We have to go out our own way and request from the Anglican church. We’re so thankful to them; they bought our jerseys.

“We really depend on sponsorships. Our cones and rugby balls were donated by Fiji Rugby Union.”

Tavatuilagi said that was Raluve competition was long overdue.

“We take one game at a time and will treat each game as a final,” he said.

“The interest is there at the same time we need female officials to assist these games.

“Schools should also engage referees in terms of rugby laws.”

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