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Cowboys to set up base in Fiji

Emoni Narawa
Friday, March 01, 2013

NORTH Queensland Cowboys rugby league recruitment manager Adrian Thomson is aware of the numerous talents in Fiji and has promised to return.

Thomas along with player development manager Dean Payne and Junior development officer Aaron Payne were in Nausori yesterday, conducting clinics for players at Lelean Memorial School, Sila Central High School and the Nausori Cowboys rugby league club.

Thomson was keen to recruit players from as early as 15-year-old and has expressed his desire to recruit players in the future.

They will work closely with the Nausori Cowboys officials in setting up pathways to recruit players.

Cowboys official Ovalase Toduadua said they had built a strong relationship with the National Rugby League (NRL) club.

The club received a set of jersey yesterday to boost their preparation for the upcoming Fiji National Rugby League club competition.

"We are so thankful to the Cowboys for giving their time to come and support us.

"We've got our jerseys now and they have told us that they will come back in the future," Toduadua said.

"We have built a relationship here and we are so happy to have their presence with us.

"We are so blessed to have them and we hope this will continue in the future."

Toduadua said the Nausori-based club would work together with Lelean and Sila Central in setting up elite players for the NRL club.

"We will be like an academy now.

"The Cowboys wanted young players from the age of 15. We will work together with these two schools (Sila and Lelean) and feed the Cowboys with elite players whom we believe have the potential to play the sport at top level," he added.

Today, Thomson and his team will be in Suva to conduct clinics to the Suva schools.