NAITASIRI coach Eroni Vereivalu has embarked on a new mission.
The mission is to nurture the raw talents from the highlands and get them ready for national duties and professional contracts by the end of this season.
In the opening round of the Skipper Cup competition on Saturday, the Tacirua Transport-sponsored Naitasiri fielded several newcomers who played well to beat Nadi 25-21 at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori.
Vereivalu said the win was a good sign for the team and the players.
"What I'm trying to do with Naitasiri is to get as many raw talents from the highlands and nurture them into better players.
"We had a good off season training from January and this (the win) was a good start for us.
"Hopefully by the end of this competition, these players are matured enough to be available for the Flying Fijians or marketable overseas where they can earn a living from playing rugby."
Naitasiri team - Joweli Veitayaki (C), Inia Toa/Turuva Jone, Saimoni Waibuta, Jeke Baidrau, Saimoni Babua, Oveti Delana, Apenisa Natabua, Talatala Tamavua, Lote Raratabu, Kini Douglas, Patemeo Muavesi, Vilikesa Naisilisili, Viliame Masinawa, Esava Delai, Lea Lece