Tailevu North rugby revival

From left; FMF Foods Ltd marketing manager Amrita Priyadarshani, Nukuvuto Rugby Zone chairman Samuela Murica, FMF Group operations manager Jimi Taniela, Waisake Koroi in Suva yesterday. Picture: FMF FOODS LTD

THE people of Tailevu North want their voices heard in the Fijian rugby fraternity.

“Tailevu North or now commonly known as Northland, is the forgotten province of rugby development in Fiji,” Samuela Murica, the chairman of Nukuvuto Rugby Zone which comes under the Northland Rugby Union, said.

“That’s why we are organising two rugby tournaments this year to revive the sport and expose our untapped talents.”

Murica and his committee signed a three-year sponsorship with the regions’ biggest food manufacturer and distributor FMF Foods Ltd in Suva yesterday.

The deal will see the staging of the FMF Victorian 7s tournament on May 1 at the Kuruvuto ground at Queen Victoria School.

It is organised by the QVSOB to help build a school hall.

QVSOB Northland branch secretary Waisake koroi said invitations were open, but priority was the inclusion of teams from villages of Namena to Burewai.

“This is to expose youths in our area and help QVS as a school and its athletes. I salute FMF for recognising the effort to promote sports in Tailevu North.”

The tourney has a prizemoney of $10,000. Meanwhile the FMF Rugby and Netball series will be played from August to October.

Those wishing to compete should contact Waisake Koroi 9507635 or Samuela Murica on 9515513.

FMF Group operations manager Jimi Taniela said: “For too long Northland has been neglected and left alone of the development of sports. “This is our corporate responsibility and we are privileged to help members of the communities.”

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