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Support for women's rugby ahead of East/West clash

Rashneel Kumar
Saturday, July 26, 2014

THE Fiji Women's Rugby Union received a timely boost ahead of its inaugural East versus West fifteens competition which will be held today at the Ra Sports ground.

Yesterday, the Seremaia Bai family and New Zealand High Commission presented the two teams with some rugby gear at the Fiji Rugby House in Suva.

Former Flying Fijian Bai and his family donated a set of jersey for the East team which was presented to the team by his wife Mere and their children.

Mere said the donation was Seremaia's way of giving back to the community and rugby.

"I just want to speak about Seremaia and his logo. It's Bai and it just to be an inspiration through rugby to the youths," she said.

"He left this (jerseys) for the women's team so we're just here to present that and for more things in future."

New Zealand High Commission trade commissioner Peter Lund said they were pleased to be part of the development of women's rugby.

He said the rugby gear were from Dunedin-based Leslie Rugby which was brought into the country through the support of New Zealand-based shipping company Matson South Pacific Limited.

Former All Black forward Michael Jones is the company's strategic development manager for the South Pacific and was instrumental in this exercise.

"It was a great example of New Zealanders with strong rugby connection showing their support for rugby in Fiji," Lund said.

Fiji Rugby Union board member Doctor Berlin Kafoa while thanking the donors said they were committed to the growth of women's rugby in the country.

The competition will start at 11am.

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