THE Macuata rugby team has called on the FRU to consider their status as a developing team and relocate all their Digicel Cup matches to Subrail Park in Labasa next season.
Macuata rugby coach Peni Baba said they were still a developing team and their tours to play away from home was costing them a fortune.
"We are still a developing team and our players are not as skilled as players on Viti Levu and the rest of the provinces," he said.
"In our tours to Viti Levu to play two to three matches which usually takes around weeks, we spend close to $42,000 which is too much for us as we are trying our best to develop our boys.
"For teams on Viti Levu it is easier because they do not have to travel away from the main land compared to us so travel is not a worry for them."
Baba said apart from travel costs, they have to spend money in developing players before matches.
"Our dilemma could be solved if the national rugby body could get matches for us at home at this stage.
"Maybe later on when we have secured ourselves we can then venture out to play outside of Vanua Levu."
Responding to Baba's comments, FRU operations manager Vilikesa Rinavuaka said that they would look into the matter.
"We are busy with major operations work and we will ensure that we address the issue that has been raised by Baba."