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New FNRL boss sets his plan

Rashneel Kumar
Tuesday, March 11, 2014

THE newly-appointed Fiji National Rugby League chairman has already set his sights on sending a stronger Vodafone Fiji Bati team to the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

Reverend Doctor Immanuel Reuben was voted the new chairman at the FNRL annual general meeting over the weekend.

He replaces Peni Musunamasi who had served on the board for more than a decade.

Dr Reuben was first elected to the board as a member in 2012 and has been part of FNRL since.

"All this time I was in the backseat and now I'm in the driver's seat to drive rugby league forward," he said.

"Our immediate aim is to get into the top four. Our first hurdle is Samoa whom we play in May and we aim to win that game to play in the Four Nations.

"Our aim for the next world cup is to stand shoulder to shoulder with Australia and New Zealand."

Dr Reuben's term is for a year but he hopes to continue in the post and help the growth of the game.

"We have the AGM every year. It depends on the performance of the board under my leadership. If we perform well and look after the people and the affiliated clubs well then we are likely to be voted in again."

Dr Reuben said one of the changes he would implement in the domestic competition was introducing the nines competition this year.

"I look forward to the support of all the clubs around the country and I ask the fans to rally behind us and support the top ranked team in Fiji."

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