Flagstaff team eyes exposure at Marist 7s

THE Flagstaff Rugby Club aims to get exposure and have more game time where they can learn from when they play in the 2018 Fiji Bitter Marist 7s this weekend.

The newly formed club headed by Samuela Loanakadavu says the reason in forming FRC was to keep people fit and healthy bearing in mind the increasing rate of NCDs in Fiji particularly for the iTaukei people.

“We want to eliminate the culture of sitting and drinking and smoking. What we want to achieve is to create a healthy lifestyle through our robust training programs,” he said.

“Secondly, we want to provide our youth an avenue to improve their standard of living (and for their family) by plying their trade overseas – just like what our Fijian brothers are doing in France, England, the US, NZ and Australia.

“If you see our logo you will see a sprouting coconut. This will definitely grow into a mature coconut tree in the future as shown by the FRU logo. Our aim is to discipline ourselves, play well, wear the national white jumper and secure overseas rugby contracts.”

The club was formed early this year with 25 members.

“We have two Fiji Resident triallists in the team and one of them is a product of the Nadroga Rugby Union development program.

“Prior to the Marist 7s we want our boys to be exposed and get as much experience playing against some for the top teams in Fiji.”

Coached by Sireli Naqelevuki they have a lot of respect for their coach who is a former rugby international and national sevens star.

“Naqelevuki has brought in a lot of strength and opportunities for the team which we will be utilising in the next 2-3 years. Our main target is to get people out on overseas contract using Naqelevuki’s experience and contacts in England and South Africa.

“We have a strategy in place to achieve this since we have players who are not so well educated and most of them are unemployed but are very talented individuals.”

Loanakadavu thanked their sponsor Wailoaloa Beach Resort in Nadi for helping them.

Next month, we will be at the Tiliva 7s in Kadavu which will be a bonding exercise for the team.

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