20 May, 2020, 6:00 pm
The international travel restrictions imposed amidst the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to prevent the Kaiviti Silktails’ further participation in the 2020 Ron Massey Cup.
The Silktails made a bright start on debut in the RMC defeating Windsor Wolves 40-16 at Churchill Park in Lautoka in March.
However the RMC was suspended after round one of action by the New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the National Rugby League (NRL) Telstra Premiership set to resume in Australia next week, there are still no indications on the resumption on the RMC forcing the Silktails to play a wait and see game.
Silktails chairman and Ambassador Petero Civoniceva said they came under a different rule because of the international travel restrictions.
Civoniceva said they had fought hard to get a team into the RMC and would continue working in the country regardless if they played in the competition this year or not.
“We are still awaiting to hear when the overseas travel will resume,” the legendary Australian Kangaroo front rower said.
“Obviously with COVID-19 I guess we are resigned to a fact that we will most likely not play again this year.
“But in saying that we have spoken to the NSWRL and the NRL.
The NSWRL are adamant that especially after our great showing in game one that we are determined to be there for next season.
“We have indicated that we are because we have fought for so long to have this team.”
The Silktails took six years to set up and is made up of local based players participating in the RMC which is semi-professional competition under the NSWRL banner.
“Unfortunately COVID-19 came along and affected not just our competition but all sporting codes around the world,” Civoniceva said.
“So we just have to wait and see what is determined. Our work in Fiji will continue regardless if we are not to play this year.”