Rugby League

All-local Residents team to play Tonga tomorrow

The Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL) is fielding an all local national rugby league team against the Visiting Tongan Residents tomorrow. FNRL chief executive officer, Timoci Naleba said the initiative was taken as part of the “Kalawa” concept which is a long term development programme for local rugby league. NALEBA: “Most of the time we […]

Serelisoni Moceica

August 11, 2016 1:29 pm

The Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL) is fielding an all local national rugby league team against the Visiting Tongan Residents tomorrow.

Fiji Residents Coach Joe Rabele at a press conference at Vodafone Headquarters today.
Fiji Residents Coach Joe Rabele at a press conference at Vodafone Headquarters today. Serelisoni Moceica/Newswire)

FNRL chief executive officer, Timoci Naleba said the initiative was taken as part of the “Kalawa” concept which is a long term development programme for local rugby league.

NALEBA: “Most of the time we field international players to go up against international teams but now we have taken steps towards developing our local players so we decided to put the local boys¬†against an international team for the first time ever.”

Mr Naleba said the Kalawa concept which meant “taking the step” in vernacular allowed more game time for local rugby league players and the FNRL¬†was behind the idea of fielding more local players at international competitions.

NALEBA: “The team playing against Tonga has been chosen from the different seven zones in the country and we have put these players against other international teams such as Samoa and Canada soon.”

The Tonga Residents and Fiji Residents rugby league teams meet before the game tomorrow.
The Visiting Tongan Residents and Fiji Residents rugby league teams meet before the game tomorrow. (Serelisoni Moceica/Newswire)

Tongan captain Sione Kafatolou Ha’agana said that the game tomorrow would provide the Tongans with experience for their upcoming meets as well.

HA’AGANA: “As a senior player and playing many years against Tonga, this will be a great experience for me and the boys. We are ready to meet Fiji tomorrow.”

Fiji Residents coach Joe Rabele urged the boys to play their hearts out for selection into overseas rugby league clubs

RABELE: “For all the boys playing, keep on making the effort so that you can be great representatives of the country now and in the future.”

Fiji Residents takes on the Visiting Tonga Residents at the ANZ Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

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