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20 teams in North rugby league

Arin Kumar
Friday, May 30, 2014

A TOTAL of twenty teams will be in action in the first rugby league competition in the Northern Division.

The Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL) confirmed 10 clubs will feature in the competition that has been funded by the Fiji National Sports Commission.

FNRL chairman Reverend Immanuel Reuben said those 10 clubs would field two teams each in the competition.

"Each club has two teams — one in the premier grade and one in the reserve grade," he said.

"So after their competition, the top teams from each grade will come to compete with the top teams from the same grades here (Viti Levu) from the different zones."

Reuben credited Fiji Bati assistant coach Joe Rabele and development officer Isikeli Narawa and Sonny Blake for their influence in bringing up the sport in the Northern Division.

"They had been going to the North for a very long time to teach them the basics of the sport and basically spreading the gospel of the sport.

"All their hard work has now paid off since there are 10 clubs active in the North.

"This is by far our best achievement of the year and now we would like to go there and see what the competition is like."

Reuben will travel with other executives from FNRL and chief guest, Commission chairman Peter Mazey, to the opening of the competition at the Dreketi High School grounds.

He has called on rugby league fans in the Northern Division to flock to the venue to be part of the action.

"This is the first time that the sport would be competitively played in the North and we want the northerners to be part of the action.

"Come down to the Dreketi to be part of history as the first ever competition kicks off."

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