Ravoravo Rabbitohs brace for tough league season

Ravoravo Rabbitohs captain Josateki Savou, second from left, offl oads to Semi Wainiqolo against Army Bears during Vodafone Cup 2019 semi-final at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka. Picture: REINAL CHAND/FILE

UNDER the scorching Nadi sun, Fiji National Rugby League’ (FNRL) western-based club, Premier Logging Ravoravo Rabbitohs held its trials on Saturday in Nadi.

The champion side is preparing for a tough encounter against the Papua New Guinea champion team next month in Lautoka.

More than 35 rugby league enthusiasts attended the trials.

“The aim of the trials was to finalise a 20-member squad for the Melanesian Club Championship,” team manager Sitiveni Vuniyayawa said.

“Preparations have been ongoing for three weeks and we have five weeks to go.

“We have the capacity to achieve what has never been done before for the last three to five years. All previous Fijian teams had lost to the Papua New Guinea rugby league champion.

“We want to prepare the team well so that we can match and beat the provincial champion of PNG. We believe we can achieve the impossible with the plans we have.”

The Sivaniolo Varo-coached team was a losing finalist of the Fiji National Rugby League’s Vodafone Cup in its maiden year and has been defending the Vodafone Cup for the past two years.

The Melanesian Club Championship is played between the winner of Papua New Guinea’s local rugby league competition and Fiji National Rugby League’s the Vodafone Cup.

The MCC will be held at Churchill Park in Lautoka on Saturday, February 29.

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