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FNRL trio secure overseas deal

Emoni Narawa
Friday, February 14, 2014

THREE Fiji National Rugby League players have secured five-month contracts in Cook Islands, the FNRL revealed yesterday.

Vodafone Fiji Bati rep Ilisavani Jegesa who is currently training with the Fiji Warriors side preparing for the Pacific Rugby Cup, Kinoya Sea Eagles utility Iliesa Cakau and Makoi Bulldogs utility Sisa Balekolo will fly out of the country next week.

The trio will miss the Four Nations qualifying match against Samoa in April.

FNRL development officer Jo Dakuitoga said the trio's profiles impressed the Cook Islands' club.

"They will all be playing in one club, one will be centre, wing and fullback," Dakuitoga said.

"This is the fruit of our development plan. We want to continue sending players overseas to be exposed at international level."

He said Jegesa, Cakau and Balekolo were part of the Fiji Residents elite squad preparing for the match against Samoa.

Jegesa was also training with the Warriors side.

Yesterday, Warrior team manager Joe Brown confirmed to this newspaper that Jegesa had not been attending training.

"The three players were supposed to travel today (yesterday)," Dakuitoga said.

"But because of some delays, they will fly out next week. All their visas, plane tickets are ready.

"We just want to wish them a good outing in the Cooks Islands and hope they gain valuable experience there."