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Rabbitohs triumph

Zanzeer Singh
Monday, November 08, 2010

NABABA Rabbitohs won the inaugural Ra rugby league 7s tournament held at the Nabau District School on Saturday.

The Nababa Rabbitohs team defeated Nabau Warriors 22-16 in the final.

Fiji National Rugby League development officer Sale Tubuna said a total of 13 teams participated in the one-day event.

He said interest in the sport was high.

"We were shocked to see the standard of rugby league in Ra especially since this was the first tournament," Tubuna said.

"There is a lot of talent out there. We hope to conduct more coaching clinics in Ra in a bid to upgrade the skill of the players."

The sport of rugby league may be new in Ra, however the province has produced some renowned national reps.

Niumaia Korovata, Pio Kubuwai, Setareki Rakabula and Sevanaia Koroi all of whom have played in Australia hail from Ra.

Tubuna said they hoped to unearth new talents by organising tournaments in the provinces.

He said the grassroot development program was underway.

"Last week we were in Wainibuka," Tubuna said.

"When you go to the villages you see some very big players. They want to play rugby but there isn't any organised competition. This is where we are targeting."


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