Fiji Time: 4:03 PM on Sunday 7 February

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

NRL career hope for local players

Geraldine Panapasa
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

LOCAL rugby league players will have to adapt and lift their game to a higher level if they hope to pursue a career in the big league.

Former professional rugby league player Petero Civoniceva, who had been instrumental in securing endorsements for Fiji's bid to participate in the New South Wales Cup Competition in 2016, said this was a work in progress.

"It's very much underway. We are talking to a number of potential corporate sponsors and partners.

"It's all about creating pathways for our young rugby league players to hopefully have a NRL career.

"If not, it'll mean the strengthening of rugby league competition in Fiji because we'll see a rise in the standard of competition. It is an ongoing process and we're going to work really hard to make it happen. I'm confident we can do it."

Civoniceva said they had a 26-week competition, which would mean 13 games in Suva and 13 games in Sydney.

He said the Australian rugby league community was excited about a potential Fijian team playing in the domestic Australian competition.

"It's only a tentative green light. We have to meet certain standards and criteria before we get the go-ahead but for most parts it's looking very positive.

"We're hopeful that Fijian businesses and the community can see what it can bring to Fiji and everyone gets behind it and supports it."

While the Fijian franchise would be run by Civoniceva and Greg Browne, FNRL chairman Reverend Immanuel Reuben said earlier FNRL would only supply players to the club, which would be known as the Fiji NSWRL Bid Team.

He said the best players from the Top 8 competition would be part of the club, adding the home ground of the team would be at the ANZ Stadium in the Capital City.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65200.6330
JPY 56.024953.0249
GBP 0.32480.3168
EUR 0.42350.4115
NZD 0.71170.6787
AUD 0.66170.6367
USD 0.47670.4597

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 5th February 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Kenya's next
  2. Injuries hit team
  3. Sydney 7s: World Rugby probes NZ, Australia game
  4. Flag for 'modern Fiji'
  5. 14 have no home
  6. Ryan happy with team
  7. Sydney 7s: Fiji, NZ semi-final showdown
  8. Entity takes legal action
  9. PM commends seed farmer for hard work, success
  10. On course

Top Stories this Week

  1. Blitzed out Monday (01 Feb)
  2. Suspended Tuesday (02 Feb)
  3. 49-year-old man arrested at Nadi airport Wednesday (03 Feb)
  4. Ryan admits he understand the losing feeling Monday (01 Feb)
  5. 7s reaction Tuesday (02 Feb)
  6. Joy ride ends in the hospital Monday (01 Feb)
  7. 7s release Monday (01 Feb)
  8. Sevens changes Friday (05 Feb)
  9. Fiji picks up the pieces Thursday (04 Feb)
  10. Running brawl part of journey to Rio Wednesday (03 Feb)