300K sponsorship to boost 2018 Vanua challenge

The captains of the 16 teams competing in this years FRU- Vodafone Vanua Championship during their photoshoot at the launch yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

The captains of the 16 teams competing in this years FRU- Vodafone Vanua Championship during their photoshoot at the launch yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

THE 2018 Vodafone Vanua Championship formerly known as the B Division competition was launched in style at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva on Thursday.

The launch was conducted following a four-hour rules and regulations workshop with all 16 participating captains and team representatives from the respective unions in both the under-20 and senior category.

Fiji Rugby Union chief executiveofficer, John O’Connor thanked Vodafone Fiji Ltd for its continuous support and sponsorship towards the Vodafone Vanua Championship which showed their commitment towards developing rugby at grassroots level.

“I would like to thank Vodafone Fiji Ltd for always being by the FRU’s side when it comes to supporting rugby at grassroots level. This is very encouraging for all the teams playing in the tournament, as they compete for two spots in the 2019 premier competition.”

Vodafone Fiji Ltd’s chief marketing officer, Rajnesh Prasad said they were delighted to reaffirm Vodafone’s sponsorship to the Vodafone Vanua Rugby Championship.

“With Vodafone’s financial injection to what was previously considered a miniscule event is fast becoming an elite platform for our aspiring ruggers to showcase their talent to be drafted into the mainstream competition. The Vodafone Vanua Championship has re-ignited interest in the competition since our sponsorship last year.”

All participating teams received a full set of playing kit for the U20s and senior teams, 10 rugby balls and the FRU participation grant for the unions that had complied with the compliance requirements.

The new kits were also unveiled by the team captains, showcasing their provincial colours and logos.

There are two pools for the Vodafone Vanua Championship comprising of the central and northern divisions for one pool and western teams for the other pool, with the top two from each pool to proceed to the semi-finals.

The competition will kick off on Saturday, April 14.