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League plan

Emoni Narawa
Wednesday, December 25, 2013

THE Fiji National Rugby League is looking at sending a team to play in the Queensland Intrust Super Cup in the near future.

FNRL wishes to field a strong Fiji Residents side to the competition, which is only a step lower than the National Rugby League (NRL).

Papua New Guinea recently included a team in the competition and faces heavyweight Redcliffe, the team which Vodafone Fiji Bati skipper Petero Civoniceva played for prior to the Rugby League World Cup after retiring from the NRL level.

FNRL general manager Tomi Finau said the competition would be a huge exposure for local players.

"We are working on that and it is part of our plan for the next four years but we might get in the competition early," he said.

"The Queensland Cup is a higher level of competition but just one step lower than the NRL. So we believe it is going to be a huge exposure for our players.

"It will be a chance for our players to be tested against overseas-based and also try to secure overseas contracts, especially in Australia.

"This competition is totally different from our domestic competition (Vodafone Cup)."

Former NRL and Australian sevens international and current Australia Institute of Sports coach and former Fiji and Australia rep Wise Kativerata advised the FNRL to consider playing at the competition.

"The idea was brought up by Wise Kativerata, it was a suggestion put forward earlier this year but we will have a lot of things to find out.

"We will have to see the administration and operation side and especially the funding aspects if we're going to field a team," Finau said.

"We have to look at many things considering the competition."

Kativerata said the local side (Fiji Resident) would play 26 top level games if Fiji secures a spot in the competition.

Next year, the competition will start in March.