THE Western Primary Schools Rugby Association will stick with the tag rugby concept for the boy's under-9, U10 and girl's U14 grades during its rugby festival next season.
This is after the concept drew accolades from the coaches and parents during the Crest Western Primary Schools Rugby Festival which ended in Nadi yesterday.
The Lautoka Primary Schools Rugby Association adopted the International Rugby Board, Get Into Rugby program this year, introducing tag rugby during its competition.
This was later adopted by the Western Association and the other affiliates in the zone.
Nadi Primary Rugby Development Association president Meli Cabebula said the philosophy of development first and winning second augured well at the grassroots level.
Cabebula said a child development was the heart of the teaching profession and this development had to be sequential and followed a process according to their age level.
"Having tag rugby at U9 and U10 is just an example of the process focus," he said.
"This is why Nadi made a paradigm shift for this new development pathway which is envisioned and implemented by the Lautoka, Nadi, Yasawa education office and supported by the Fiji Rugby Union and IRB.
"Apart from being cost efficient and the fun, the festival mainly showed our companionship and honouring of what a child can do as a developing rugby player rather than trying to win at all cost overlooking the development of the three domains of education which is knowledge, skills and attitudes, adding to that the sports ethic."
Results: U9 Latuoka Two 3 Ra One 2; U10 Nadroga One 2 Ra One 3; U11 Nadroga 21 Lautoka Two 0; U12 Lautoka Two 12 Ba 7; U13 Nadroga beat Lautoka 2 in sudden death; Girl's U14 Saint Thomas Primary defeated Vuda District.