THE winner of this year's Skipper Cup will walk away $30,000 richer.
This was revealed at the official launch of the provincial rugby competition at the Royal Suva Yacht Club yesterday.
Sponsored by CJ Patel Group, one of the five partners in the Fiji Rugby Union Consortium Sponsorship Program, the prize money this year is said to be the highest value given in the 51-year history of this provincial rugby event with a total value of over $110,000.
The runner-up and the top of the table team for the senior competition will pocket $15,000 each, the runner-up takes $5000 and the team that tops the points table will also bag $5000 while the under-20 grade winner wins $10,000.
The player of the competition and manager of the competition for the senior competition will be rewarded with $2000 each while the coach of the competition gets $2500.
The U20 player and manager of the year gets $1000 while the coach will be given $1500.
Acting CEO for FRU, Berlin Kafoa said they wanted to recognise the efforts of officials and everyone involved.
"The prizemoney is much more than last year," he said.
"The prizes are distributed in such a way to acknowledge the officials and even to encourage spectators to come and enjoy the weekends by watching the games. There will be giveaway prizes for them too."
Director marketing for the CJ Patel Group, Nathan Hildebrand said Skipper Tuna was extremely excited to be a part of the 2014 National Provincial Championship — now the Skipper Cup.
"Provincial rugby has always been fiercely competitive and aggressively contested and we have no doubt that the 2014 competition will be no different," he told local union representatives and members of the media.
Meanwhile, the opening round of the competition will be played tomorrow at Nausori's Ratu Cakobau Park where Tailevu hosts Lautoka. In other fixtures on Saturday, Naitasiri plays Nadi in Nausori, defending champion Nadroga travels to Theodore Park to face Vatukoula, Suva hosts Northland at the ANZ Stadium, Tavua plays Ovalau at Nasau Park and Namosi takes on Macuata at home in Navua.