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Covenant Brothers receive new jerseys

Arin Kumar
Friday, March 07, 2014

THE Covenant Brothers rugby side has received a shot in the arm a day before they play in the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s tournament today and tomorrow.

The Suva-based team yesterday was given their new jerseys by sponsors Digicel Fiji.

Digicel Fiji CEO Maurice McCarthy said their partnership with the club was not new.

"We have been supporting them for the past two years and we've only just decided to acquire naming rights," he said.

"And the support we get back from this club is massive because during the last floods, we had 15,000 tonnes of food and we didn't have the manpower to pack and load them.

"But the team and its players came forward to help pack it all and load it on the same night and then helped us distribute it to the community, so we're delighted to be associated with these selfless players."

Team coach for the Marist 7s, national sevens team captain Osea Kolinisau said the sponsorship would boost their chances at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

"We would like to thank Maurice and Digicel for their support because in the past, we relied on private and individual sponsors," he said.

"But the sponsorship from Digicel has allowed us to camp together properly and help in our preparations for the tournament."

McCarthy said the cash and sponsorship, which also gave players talk time on their phones, amounted to about $7500.

Covenant Brothers are pooled with Red Rock, Waqavuka Levuka and Biasevu Reds for the tournament.

The team will be strengthened by the inclusion of national reps Jona Tuitoga and Emosi Vucago.

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