THE Fiji Rugby Union says Kaji rugby is an integral part of their development plan in grooming players for national teams.
With the 2013 Milo Kaji competition starting today at the ANZ Stadium in Suva, the FRU is keeping a close watch on the youngsters and will earmark the top players for further development.
Flying Fijians skipper Akapusi Qera, Wame Lewaravu, Waisea Luveniyali, Waisea Nayacalevu, Tevita Kuridrani and Timoci Nagusa, to name a few, have come through the primary schools rugby system.
FRU development manager Sale Sorovaki said they were doing their bit to help in the development of rugby at the grassroots level.
"We can only support what is already there. They have a competition in place and what we are doing is educating the teachers who are coaching these students," he said.
"Fundamental skills like passing, kicking and tackling should be taught well at this age group, we are educating the teachers on how these should be done."
This year's Milo Kaji competition has 620 schools and close to 39,000 students participating.
Sorovaki said the number of schools represented at the tournament had increased from 364 last year.
"This makes up 60 per cent of people playing rugby in Fiji. We have 714 primary schools in the country and with 620 being represented in the Milo Kaji this year, it's a good sign for the development of the sport."
Suva will defend the under-11, 12, 13 and 14 grades.
The Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, will be the chief guest at today's opening ceremony.