Ovalau rugby holds talks with Australian officials

Ovalau Rugby Union might have been demoted against their will to the B-Division competition of Fiji Rugby, but more good news lie ahead for the island franchise.

After losing their major union spot to Malolo last fortnight at Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori, some rugby officials from Australia visited the island on Wednesday to meet union officials.

This was confirmed by coach Etuate Waqa.

“They are part of our sistership with the Rugby Plus program in Melbourne.

“They are here to talk about development and see where support is needed for our union, especially for our players,” the former Fijian dual international said.

“We are a struggling union in resources and finance. We are the feeder to Rugby Plus which also has connection to the Rebels Super Rugby franchise.”

Talks between the union and the visiting officials might see some Ovalau players including former Ratu Kadavulevu School student, Nailati Ukalele playing in Australia soon.

This follows the success of Sefanaia Naivalu, 24, of Ovalau, who joined the Melbourne Rebels in Super Rugby last year.

“Naivalu fitted in well because we groomed him up and exposed him here through major union provincial games.

“Now that we had been demoted we will regroup, look at our programs and target to return to major union again soon,” he said.

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