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A CLEAR pathway is the only way to improve the level of rugby played by local provincial rugby union teams in Fiji.

This is the view of Fiji Warriors and Vatukoula head coach Senirusi Seruvakula on the level of 15s rugby displayed by our provincial teams.

Seruvakula shared this in light of a picture which appeared on the back page of The Fiji Times on October 30, 2005 when he was part of the Naitasiri team which beat Suva 13-8 to clinch the then Farebrother Sullivan Trophy.

“Provincial coaches need to draw up a pathway which they can use for their players so when these same lot of players are selected into teams like the Fiji Warriors, they have a better idea of rugby at different levels,” he said.

“But sadly, provincial rugby seems to be the same from that time until today.

“Now that I am a coach, I can clearly see that players who are named from provincial teams to join the Fiji Warriors need to be taught the basics and the same things all over again.”

With money being the in thing nowadays, Seruvakula said well paid players and coaches would maybe one day change their mind-set if they were paid well.

Rugby, he said, was professional nowadays so local coaches and players would need a fair share of the money so they could perform up to expectations.

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