Breaking barriers | Australia backs FNRL Women’s Premiership competition

Fiji National Rugby League chairman, Aporosa Lutunauga, chief executive office, Don Natabe, with Australian High Commission in Fiji Charge d affaires, Stuart Watts and players from representatives teams with their new outfits during the jersey presentation at Albert Park in Suva on Wednesday, May 31, 2023. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Australia is proud to partner with the National Rugby League and Fiji National Rugby League to support the FNRL Women’s Premiership competition.

Australian Chargé d’Affaires, Stuart Watts thanked the officials for always supporting and developing women in the sport of rugby league.

“I would like to thank the FNRL, NRL, coaches, staff, administrators and, of course, the players participating in this year’s competition,” he said.

“Your tireless work continues to strengthen not only the game of rugby league, but most importantly, women’s participation in sport in Fiji.

“Investing in women’s sport can provide a powerful platform for improving gender equality and advancing women’s empowerment.

“The development of women’s sport can play an important role in reducing poverty, promoting economic growth and democracy, and increasing the wellbeing of women, girls, and their families.

“We hope to see the development of women’s sport in the Pacific bring about the next generation of stars and leaders and provide opportunities for women and girls to excel to the elite level in their chosen sport.”

Round one kicks off this Saturday at 9:30am at Churchill Park in Lautoka.

Draws: Vusu Raiders vs Yasawa Saints Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs vs Kaiviti Sticktails USP Raiders vs Burenitu Cowboys Westcoast Storm vs Nadi Eels Lami Steelers vs Police Sharks.

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