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Support for Lautoka rugby revival

Zanzeer Singh
Thursday, February 01, 2018

AN overwhelming response was received during the Lautoka Rugby Union franchise club competition friendly matches last weekend.

The friendlies were held as an awareness exercise to officially open the union's 2018 season.

The response by players towards the friendly games showed the abundance of talents in Lautoka.

Lautoka rugby head coach Osea Umuumulovo said they had started the franchise concept and noticed the numerous talents available displaying their skills.

"We have the talents upfront but the missing link is in the locks department where we used to dominate before with the likes of Dan Mataitini, Manu Valetini, Ifereimi Rawaqa, Solo Nala, Isoa Domolailai, Eroni Naua, and Eneri Ratudradra naming a few," he said.

"In the loosies we have standout players today but I'm targeting the ones with more scavenging role. We are looking for the half back and first five combinations who will be able to dictate the plays in phase and set piece.

"We are hopeful to see the rest of the franchise players this Saturday and hopefully we will be able to select a training squad.

"To all players who are keen to be selected please join a franchise so you will not be left out."

Umuumulovo said they were facing challenges already with four of the clubs defecting to the Yasawa competition.

"I know that this will give a lot of opportunities for upcoming and budding players fill the vacuum left by the four clubs," he said.

"I salute the efforts of those volunteers that participated last week especially the medics like Seveci Vukicanavanua for giving his time without a monetary reward and the Lautoka Rugby Union Referees Association officials who officiated in both the Lautoka and Yasawa competitions."

The draws for the franchise round one competition will be released today.

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