NRL hope for players

NADROGA rugby league players will be given a lifetime opportunity to secure rugby league scholarships and possible NRL contracts in Australia.

This, after a confirmation by rugby legends Andrew Johns and Brad Fittler to host a nines tournament at Lawaqa Park next week as a selection ground to recruit players.

FNRL development officer Nadroga/Navosa Suliasi Cakautabu said the tournament would be a chance for the Nadroga players to showcase their talent and to convince Fittler and Johns.

He said six secondary schools and six open teams would participate at the event.

“We are honoured that these rugby league greats have chosen to hold a 9s tournament at Lawaqa and to select players from our zone,” said Cakautabu.

“There will be an Andrew Johns Scholarship award for the best player in the open age.

“There will be a Brad Fittler Scholarship awarded to the best player in the schools tournament and will include a trial with the NRL U-20s team.

“All players must be currently attending school this year to participate.”

The winner for the open grade will walk away with $1000 cash and a full set of NRL jersey, shorts and socks.

Secondary school champions will also receive a full set of NRL jersey, shorts and socks.

“This is a lifetime chance for the Nadroga players and all are urged to make use of this opportunity,” said Cakautabu.

“This is the third year for the duo to host the tournament in Nadroga.”

Penrith Panthers Etonia Nabuli was the first player recruited by the duo in 2012.

Some of the Nadroga players that have engraved their names in the NRL are Noa Nadruku, Lote Tuqiri and Akuila Uate

The competition will be held on October 10.