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Otago offers contracts

Arin Kumar
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

THE North Otago Rugby Club has set its sights on recruiting players from the University of the South Pacific Islanders rugby side.

The New Zealand-based club was in the country earlier this month for a match against Nadroga.

North Otago lost that match 11-17 and then lost to USP 15-19.

Following the second encounter former Nadroga player and current North Otago player Simeli Koniferedi revealed that his coach, manager and club executives had discussed player contracts with the USP club.

"They were looking at three players during the games against USP and it seems like those players impressed the coach," he said.

"Also, Marist Brothers High School's Simon Lilicama was offered a contract and I think he has accepted it and would join us next season."

Koniferedi said it would be a good opportunity for the USP players if they were offered contracts.

"If they were offered contracts, I think they should accept it because the coach thinks they have what we need.

"Also it would be good for them as USP students because they are starting their careers and they could study and play overseas.

"If they have the talent then they must start playing their rugby overseas if they want to play for the national team in the future."

Meanwhile, USP trainer Malcolm Williams said the match against North Otago was a good build-up for the Fiji University Sports Association (FUSA) competition later this year.

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