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Schools join tag rugby

Zanzeer Singh
Monday, June 09, 2014

THE Lautoka Primary Schools Rugby Union has started with tag rugby and adopted the Get Into Rugby program.

The tag rugby games were held at the Vitogo District School ground last Saturday.

Apart from the boy's category, there was a mixed category in which teams comprised four boys and two girls.

Union president Tirani Uluinakauvadra said matches were played from the under-9 grade to the U14 grade.

Uluinakauvadra said their teams would be playing curtain-raiser matches during the upcoming Test series in the Sugar City.

"Get Into Rugby program is now world-wide and endorsed by the International Rugby Board," he said.

"It will help children to develop their skills slowly before they mature. In Fiji, we do not have any development program for the grassroots level.

"Probably that is why the Fiji Rugby Union has taken its cue from the IRB. We have to adapt to the change."

A total of 13 schools were involved in the competition.

Uluinakauvadra said there was a lot of interest among the young players knowing that they would be playing during the Test series.

"The good thing is that this has been endorsed by our principal education officer Albert Wise," he said.

"There is already excitement within the schools and we have delivered the equipment. The children are playing."

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