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Bati set for 2021

Zanzeer Singh
Saturday, December 02, 2017

VODAFONE Fiji Bati skipper Kevin Naiqama expects the core of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup squad to be available for the next tournament in England in 2021.

According to Naiqama, the Fiji Bati had the youngest team at the 2017 RLWC.

"There are definitely a lot of young players in the team," he said. "We had the youngest squad at the RLWC. These boys will be around for some time. In saying that, the squad that was put together was a real good team. Hopefully we will see some new Fijian boys in the side in four years."

Fiji is poised to participate in the 2019 New South Wales Intrust Premiership.

The Bati's win against New Zealand in the RLWC quarter-final will play a big part in their bid to have a franchise team participate in the Australian Rugby League tier two competition.

Naiqama said Fiji rugby league would build more players in the years to come.

"The next step for Fiji is definitely to make up a strong team for the NSW Intrust Premiership," he said.

"That will help develop the grassroots level of rugby league in Fiji. It will be a pathway for the local Fijians to learn the game and to be exposed to a competition that is on the nick of the National Rugby League (NRL)."

Naiqama, the West Tigers backline utility, said he would try his best to keep fit for another four years to get a crack at the next RLWC.

"I will have to see how my body is feeling," he said.

"The aim is to get more boys to come up to this level."

The celebration for the Bati's success at the 2017 RLWC will be celebrated in Suva today.

The players and supporters will march from The Suva Flea Market to Albert Park at 11am where the celebration will be held.

Fiji Bati fans will also be given the opportunity to meet their stars during the celebration at Albert Park.








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