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Ra receives kindly boost

Maciu Malo
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

THE newly formed Ra Rugby Union has turned to Nadroga for assistance in its bid to revive and develop rugby in the province.

In a move to assist the minnows, the champion BLK Nadroga side has accepted to give rugby jersey to the Ra team and at the same time will be sending a team to play against the Ra players on Saturday in Ra.

Ra rugby secretary Ura Rogotava said the assistance made by Nadroga had boosted the morale of the their players.

"We have selected 25 players from the 40 players in the training squad to prepare for the Nadroga game on Saturday," he said.

"In fact we are thankful to Nadroga who have agreed to give us our new set of jerseys and also by sending one of their teams to play against our boys.

"Nadroga's timely assistance will surely boost the morale of the players."

Rogotava said the new set of officials had mapped out a three-year plan to revive and develop rugby in Ra.

"Our plan is to develop the game from the grassroots level."

"We will be fielding a team in this year's B-Division competition and our target is to play in the top division in 2016.

"Our aim is to first educate players on the basic elements of rugby such as discipline and commitment."

He said the province had an abundance of untapped rugby talents.

"Our aim is to identify hidden talents in Ra and groom them to fully utilise their talents," he added.

Ra has produced some fine rugby players such as Nikola Matawalu, Sireli Bobo, Timoci Matanavou, Emori Bolobolo and Neumi Nanuku to name a few.

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