FRU injects another incentive for local players

Viliame Mata practices his lineout moves with his teammates during the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians team training at Albert Park in Suva. Picture: FT FILE/JONACANI LALAKOBAU

THE Fiji Rugby Union has injected another incentive for the local players to have an opportunity to contest for a position in the Flying Fijians team.

Compared to the Fijian Drua where the cream players of the Skipper Cup competition were selected, another opportunity has now eyed the players in the B/Division to be part of something big in representing Fiji to New Zealand in November later this year.

Around 120 players from the 16 teams that participated in the Vanua championship and the Bainimarama shield in the tier two of local rugby competitions battled in a trial at Bidesi ground in Suva hoping for a spot in the 35-member squad that will be minimised to 30 before the tour in November.

Meanwhile, former Flying Fijians Inoke Male, Saiasi Fuli, Koli Sewabu and other other coaches from various teams in the B/Division grades were present at the ground to assist the coaches select their 35-member squad to prepare for the competition in November.

The New Zealand Heartland XV is a local championship commonly known as the Mitre 10 and the Fijian boys will test their calibre against two of the teams competing in the championship.

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