Rugby Union

7 teams confirmed for Vodafone Trophy

Seven teams will compete in the Vodafone Rugby Trophy competition for minor unions this weekend. The Vodafone Trophy Competition was launched at the Tanoa Plaza Hotel today. The seven teams will compete in two pools in two divisions where the top two will then meet in the semi-finals. The teams are Navosa, Ba, Cakaudrove, Serua, […]

Luke Nacei

August 2, 2016 7:24 am

Seven teams will compete in the Vodafone Rugby Trophy competition for minor unions this weekend.

The seven team that will participating this weekend at the 2016 Vodafone Trophy competition with Vodafone Fiji Chief Marketing officer Rajnesh Prasad. (Salote Qalubau/Newswire)
The seven team that will be participating this weekend at the 2016 Vodafone Trophy competition with Vodafone Fiji Chief Marketing Officer Rajnesh Prasad (centre). (Salote Qalubau/Newswire)

The Vodafone Trophy Competition was launched at the Tanoa Plaza Hotel today.

The seven teams will compete in two pools in two divisions where the top two will then meet in the semi-finals.

The teams are Navosa, Ba, Cakaudrove, Serua, Naitasiri Bulls, Rewa and Nanukuloa.

FRU chief executive John O’Connor said each team would receive $4,000 each for preparations and the final winner of the competition which was known as B-Division would win $5,000. Runners-up get $3,000.

He said, some of the teams that indicated to participate have withdrawn.

Mr O’Connor thanked the major sponsors Vodafone Fiji for their continuous support.

O’CONNOR: “I thank Vodafone Fiji for their sponsorship in this tournament they will be facilitating the jerseys, uniform and some cash components to assist the teams this year.”

Vodafone Fiji Chief Markerting officer handing over playing kits and ball to Serua's President Ratu Dei. (Salote Qalubau/Newswire)
Vodafone Fiji Chief Marketing Officer Rajnesh Prasad handing over playing kits and ball to Serua’s President Ratu Dei. (Salote Qalubau/Newswire)

Vodafone Fiji Chief Marketing Officer Rajnesh Prasad said the sponsorship is a vital one for them.

PRASAD: “Today marks an important day for Vodafone and as well FRU we have been supporting rugby in many levels. This is very close to our hearts as it helps in the development of rugby in grassroots level.”

Rewa president Filipe Tuisuwau was also thankful to Vodafone for the timely donation which he says will boost the teams.

TUISUWAU: “I am thankful to Vodafone Fiji for sponsoring this event because mostly we are village based school and our clubs are all rural clubs so this is a very significant contribution and we have had our club game for a few weeks so hope to perform well this year in preparation to next year which will much more critical because it is the promotion delegation. This will be b0ost for the team. In the past there were no sponsorship which made things difficult.”

The Eastern pools will play at Ratu Cakobau Park on August 6.

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