Lautoka rugby league introduces women’s under-13 competition

Jope Naseara on attack for Ba Provincial Free Bird Institute against Ratu Sukuna Memorial School during the Fiji Secondary Schools rugby league quarter-final clash at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on Saturday. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

Jope Naseara on attack for Ba Provincial Free Bird Institute against Ratu Sukuna Memorial School during the Fiji Secondary Schools rugby league quarter-final clash at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on Saturday. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

THE Lautoka Rugby League has raised the bar to develop the game in the Sugar City by introducing an under-13 category, women’s and masters’ divisions during its weekly zone competition.

This is all in preparation to host the St Marys Rugby League Club from Australia which will be making its 18th tour to the country in October.

Lautoka Rugby League executive and Fiji National Rugby League board member Mesake Navugona said they had a long relationship with St Marys Rugby League Club.

Navugona said St Marys would be coming with their U13 and masters team this year.

He said their women’s team was set to join the tour next year.

“We have got the masters category which is going to get the former players involved,” Navugona said.

“It will assist in the health and wellness of participants and encourage them to give their views to improve the game. It will also build a strong former players base and enhance volunteering to the game to help our younger players.

“The future looks bright for the local competition and we just need to work together and change the way we think about the game.”

The St Marys Rugby League Club is the oldest club in the Penrith District formed in 1908.

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