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Suva rugby elects Kean as president

Rashneel Kumar
Sunday, March 16, 2014

COMMANDER Francis Kean is the new president of the Suva Rugby Union.

Kean was elected on the post at the union's annual general meeting on Friday night at the Navy Base.

He had previously served as the chairman of the union and will be serving for four years in his new role.

NFA chief executive officer John O'Connor is the chairman while Mitieli Waqa is the union secretary.

"One major decision arrived at last night's (Friday) AGM at the Navy Base was that all clubs are reminded to pay up their affiliation fees by Friday, March 28, and that all clubs to provide a minimum of one referee as part of their registration," Waqa said.

"The inclusion of a referee per club as part of the registration was unanimously endorsed at the AGM."

The union also kicked off its 2014 season with the Combined Services and Presidents XV match at Albert Park.

The annual clash served as a selection platform for the Suva rugby coaching panel led by head coach Salimoni Ravouvou.

"The Combined Services team ably led by Manasa Saulo and Vesi Rarawa fought a hard close battle against the Presidents XV which featured provincial reps Leone Tabuarua, Jitoko Usumaki, and Samu Suguturaga," Waqa said.

"The Combined Services team clinched the match in the last minute with a runaway try from live wire rake Jo Cikaitoka 23-21."

Meanwhile, Nabua, Lomaiviti and Raiwaqa played in the Commodore Community Challenge at the ANZ Stadium yesterday.

PM Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama handed over lease documents for the construction of Nabua Rugby Club's fitness gymnasium and land for future development by the Lomai Rugby Club.

"I'm very proud to see the positive community spirit that has formed around these clubs and I'm even more proud to see that much of this is being driven by young Fijians," Commodore Bainimarama said in a government statement.

A $12,000 cheque was also presented to the clubs by the Naboutini Transport Limited.

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