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Positive signs for Fijian rugby

Zanzeer Singh
Sunday, August 10, 2014

QUEENSLAND Rugby Union general manager operations Sam Cordingley believes the community spirit shown for the provincial teams in the country was a positive sign for the sport to grow.

Cordingley, who is a guest at the Outrigger on the Lagoon Resort said, he was told about the support the Nadroga team had been receiving from the community.

"I heard that the Nadroga side has been given a lot of support from the hotel providing meals for the big games," he said.

"There is real community spirit shown here."

Cordingley first played against Fiji during an under-20 tour. He was then part of the Wallabies team that thrashed the Flying Fijians 49-0 at the Subiaco Oval in Perth in 2007.

The Flying Fijians was then captained by Ro Alivereti Doviverata and coached by Ilivasi Tabua. During his time with the Queensland Reds, Cordingley often challenged Jacob Rauluni for the halfback position.

He said they remained good friends.

"The Fiji 7s team is renowned in Australia especially Waisale Serevi as one of the 7s great.

"There is strong affiliation with Fiji and Australian rugby with the willingness to play attacking rugby. I played with Jacob and we challenged each other for the halfback's position for many years in Queensland. We are still good friends. We were involved in the Reds team that finished at the top of the points table in 1999. So that was a great season," Cordingley said.

Cordingley is in the country to scout for talents.

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