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Escott Shield aim

Paulini Ratulailai
Saturday, May 20, 2017

THE FIJI Police Blues rugby team has set its target to try and win the Escott Shield as they lead the competition's points table along with Navy after two rounds.

Manager Inspector Waisea Colata said they had prepared well and were optimistic to take back the shield to Nasova — it's rightful place.

"We fell short by one game last year and we aim to make it up for it this year," Colata said.

"There are also plans in place for our players to get rugby contract overseas whereby we are working closely with our former players living abroad.

"We also have to identify some of our cream of players in the Escott Shield competition to be selected into our final Sukuna Bowl squad since we will be having the honour to defend at the end of this year."

He said playing in the Escort Shield competition was very challenging for their players.

"Each game played, sets the platform and discipline standard required for our players to perform and can be identified represent Suva on the district level.

"Furthermore, they can be spotted by scouts from overseas clubs and secure contract," he said.

He said the Police rugby team was a tool within the organisation to counter crimes.

"Our motto is "Community policing through the game of rugby," he said.

"The management, officials and players are being tasked to execute our rugby game to the best that we can and at the same time get to penetrate to the youths and players that we play against to understand that.

"Rugby is a way of keeping youths away from criminal activities.

"We do have rugby teams who fall within our "Red zones" so we, as a team try, to invite them for after match get together and try to preach this gospel to those youths.

"Rugby can be a source of income if pursued professionally as proved by our Fijian players plying their trade overseas," he said.

Today Police Blues will take on QVSOB at Nasova grounds.

The game will start at 2pm.

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