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FNRL impressed with commitment of new clubs

Maciu Malo
Thursday, January 30, 2014

RUGBY league is taking Nadroga-Navosa by storm as 12 new clubs have agreed to be part of this year's Vodafone Cup weekly competition.

The success of the Vodafone Fiji Bati on the world stage and the achievements of some Nadroga players in the world of sport have inspired the villagers and highlanders to sign up.

High profile Nadroga rugby players who've etched their names among the best in the business are Australian dual international Lote Tuqiri, former Kangroos and Fiji Bati flyer Akuila Uate and former Canberra Raiders try-scoring machine Noa Nadruku.

Fiji National Rugby League general manager Tomi Finau said they were impressed with the interest shown by new clubs in Nadroga-Navosa.

He said four new clubs had been confirmed in Nadroga and talks were in progress for the registration of eight new clubs in the highlands of Navosa.

The new clubs from Nadroga are Olosara Roosters, Kulukulu Sand Dunes Rabbitohs, Baravi Eels and Raiwaqa Knights.

"To have 12 new clubs from Nadroga-Navosa is a huge boost to the development of the game," said Finau.

"We are impressed with the new clubs that have shown commitment to play rugby league.

"As for Navosa, all interested clubs are from various villages in the highlands and talks are ongoing to have their names affiliated to Australian clubs."

Finau said the Navosa teams would have their own club competition at Vatureba Park in Vatumali, Navosa.

He said the parent body was grateful to businesses in Nadroga that have declared their interest in sponsoring new teams.

Finau said Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji had been one of the first sponsors to step forward to back a team.

"Once we finalise our proposal we will then meet with the hotel management on our proposals," he said.

Resort general manager Peter Hopgood said they were waiting on FNRL to contact the resort in regards to the terms and condition of their sponsorship.

"Unfortunately, I have no comment at this stage as we are still waiting on the Fiji rugby league to contact us," said Hopgood.

Finau said the Vodafone competition would kick off on May 10.

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