Clinics vital for Fiji

Fiji Bati head coach Wise Kativerata during an interview at Albert Park in Suva. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Fiji Bati head coach Wise Kativerata says conducting ongoing development programs for children and youths of Fiji will benefit both, the Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL) and Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) in the future, in terms of availability of players.

Kativerata has been visiting primary and secondary schools, rugby clubs, and villages all over Fiji in the past few weeks, conducting rugby clinics.

“I believe that Fiji has more than enough talent in the country to cater to both the FNRL and FRU in providing quality players to represent the country in the future.

“But now is the time for us to go out there and plant the seed, and get them to learn more about the sport, especially for the young people,” he said.

He confirmed that he and his team will be visiting Vunisea Secondary School next week and will from there head on to the Lau Group.

“I want to take the FNRL brand out there to the outer islanders and teach our kids and young people the basics of rugby.

“It’s by no doubt that the majority of our children play rugby, but it’s our job to go out there and find these talented players, it’s not the job of the children of the young people.”

Kativerata said developing young rugby lovers at the grassroots level is the aim of all their development programs.

“We will educate them on the sport from a young age and will continue doing so as they grow older.

“So in the future, when the World Cup comes around, we will have a huge number of talented and quality players to choose from and select our squad.”

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