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FNRL urged to endorse New South Wales Cup bid

Maikeli Seru
Saturday, December 16, 2017

THE Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL) has been urged to give the final endorsement for the bid for Fiji's participation in the New South Wales Cup from 2019.

The competition, played by clubs in New South Wales and New Zealand, and act as a feeder competition to the National Rugby League (NRL) premiership which has some Fijians players.

"The Fiji NSWRL bid has had three years of work, fours years of planning to establish a full-time rugby league club based in Fiji," Fiji NSW Cup bid media co-ordinator, Joel Morgan said.

"The bid now has National Rugby League, New South Wales Rugby League and Intrust Super Premiership NSW, Fijian Government, Fiji National Sports Commission and Fiji Sports Council's approval and support.

"Our bid is the only bid that is in talks, supported and endorsed by the NSWRL including general manager Barrie-Jon Mather, CEO David Trodden and executive Robert Millward OAM alongside bid co-ordinators Petero Civoniceva and Greg Browne at the NSWRL.

"The only element stopping an historic Fiji franchise in the NRL's professional tiers is the final endorsement by Fiji National Rugby League. The FNRL have provided two letters of endorsement in the past," he said.

The bid is led by legendary Petero Civiniceva.

"We had two written endorsements from the last two FNRL boards and a verbal endorsement in April this year," Civoniceva said.

"We are the only Fiji Bid proposal that the NSWRL will accept. We are ready to start as we have sponsorship and just require the written endorsement from the current FNRL board. We are independent of FNRL to ensure our financial viability and to operate without political interference or regional affiliations."

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