THE Fiji Primary Schools Rugby Association is keeping a tag on upcoming young talents during the Milo Kaji competition which started in Suva yesterday.
The association will work very closely with the Fiji Rugby Union in scouting promising players.
As a pathway to international rugby, George Seruiratu, the association president said they would select elite players for overseas scholarships.
"We have some FRU officials who are here looking for players that impress," he said.
"If there is an opportunity for any player to go overseas, the FRU will come to us and then we will give them names of players who we identify from this competition."
In the past, primary school players have secured overseas scholarship to further their studies and rugby knowledge. Filimoni Savou, the son of former national 7s coach Josateki Savou was one of the players that secured a scholarship after impressing at Kaji rugby level.
Flying Fijians such as Akapusi Qera, Waisea Nayacalevu, Wame Lewaravu, Iliesa Salusalu, Timoci Nagusa are some players who started their rugby career at Kaji rugby level.
Yesterday, during his opening speech, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said the future rugby stars would be competing at the four-day event.
"Bainimarama says that this competition is the pathway for future rugby players," Seruiratu said.
"We need to work hard, together with the teachers in playing a role in the moulding of a player."
Meanwhile the Suva under-14 side started their title defence on a high note.
The side humbled Lami 20-0 in pool play.
In the upset of the day, Macuata beat Tailevu 3-0 in their U13 pool match.
Seruiratu urged the public to flock in numbers and witness rugby at its best at primary school level.
Today, 165 pool games will be played at Buckhurst Park, Bidesi Park, ANZ Stadium and the three grounds at the Suva Grammar School.