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The Fiji National Rugby League has started its development program by hosting school clinics, in preparation for next year’s Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby League competition.

FNRL development officer and former Fiji Bati, Jone Wesele, said the clinics for schoolchildren were beneficial.

The FNRL development team started their school clinic with Nasinu Secondary School, who are very familiar with Rugby League. “We have just started with the school clinics at Nasinu Secondary School.

“Students showed their interest in rugby league. It is a good sign for us,” said Wesele.

“It was very challenging, especially when we are dealing with people who don’t know rugby league.

“It’s very encouraging to see the boys trying to learn the different backgrounds and skills, most of them took on board what our development team taught them.

“These are our future rugby league players who will be representing our country and it is important for us to help them build up their confidence, skills, and talents that one day it will help them in the future. This is a pathway from grassroots level to national team.

“One day one of these players will don the Fiji Bati and Fiji Residents jersey so for us we will take these clinics seriously and help these future players” said Wesele.

Nasinu Secondary Year 11 student Saimoni Lomani said he was very happy and excited with what he learned during the school clinic and hoped to represent Fiji Bati one day.

“During this one-day clinic I’ve learned a lot of new things, especially with the core skills and I hope to represent the Fiji Bati one day.”

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