Fiji wins bid for NSW Cup Team

Afro Zac

Todd Bates
OHH MY F****** GOD!!@@!@!&$£×¥!&',"¥÷,@*$£$*÷*

No........................... ****ing way..........
 

rhugh89

Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus
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Fiji Side set to play in the 2016 NSW Cup

July 17, 2014

IT’S a landmark day for Pacific Island rugby league with news a Fiji side will feature in the NSW Cup in 2016.

In a Bid led by Petero Civoniceva and Greg Browne, the Fiji NSWRL have received endorsements from the NSWRL board to enter the competition and play out of the National Stadium in Suva.

“Our aim is to provide an affordable and exciting atmosphere for all fans and professional opportunities for our local playing squad, who will train full-time in our training base in Suva,” a statement from the official Bid team said.

“Our Home Ground will be the National Stadium- ANZ Stadium, Suva.

“Our vision is to be the most popular club in the New South Wales Cup to supporters in Fiji and in Sydney.

“Financial viability will be assured through building strong partnerships through our Government and Corporate partnerships.

"The franchise will provide pathway and development programs from juniors through to seniors and will showcase the tremendous Fijian playing talent.

“This will also provide great exposure for Fijian companies throughout the Australia- Pacific region and promote Fijian Sports Tourism”.


http://rugbyleagueweek.com.au/fiji-nsw-cup-bid/

 

jamesgould

Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus
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One of the very best pieces of news I've heard in my years of following rugby league. :D :D :D

The sport has been doing really well in Fiji, but this should send it to another level!!!
 

brentus777

David Mullane
This with the png in qld cup are fantastic news for the game, hopefully in the future tonga and Samoa can go down the same path
 

Joshhh

OnARampageFuelledByGod
It makes for such growth, just 1 great benefit is that at the next World Cup PNG & Fiji will have full teams of atleast QLD/NSW Cup standard players seasoned by a few years. Then there's the guys who make it to the NRL who will be born & bred, passionate for their country & want to play for them.
 

rhugh89

Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus
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Petero Civoniceva says Fiji team in NSW Cup will lead to NRL bid

July 18, 2014 - 1:23PM

Petero Civoniceva believes the admission of a Fiji team to the NSW Cup competition will be a stepping stone to a Pacific islands side joining the NRL.

Civoniceva, who captained Fiji to the semi-final of last year's World Cup in Britain, has been in talks with NSW Rugby League and the NRL about a Suva-based team joining the second-tier NSW Cup competition in 2016.

The team, which will have a training base in Suva and play out of the city's ANZ Stadium, will comprise of players eligible for Bati selection who reside in Fiji.

Civoniceva expects a number of rugby union stars to switch codes for the opportunity to showcase their talents to NRL clubs.

Like Papua New Guinea, who this year entered a team in the Queensland Cup, it is hoped that Fiji – or even a combined Pasifika side – will gain entry to the NRL.

"Most definitely that is a goal," Civoniceva said.

"Everyone is prepared to take small steps first but no doubt one day into the future it would be wonderful if the island nations were represented in the NRL.

"What we are proposing is to have a fully professional team preparing and playing out of Fiji, and obviously commuting every second week to Sydney.

"This is such a huge step for Fiji sport so we don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves, but if we can create this stepping stone who knows where it will lead."

Civoniceva has been working on the proposal with Queensland businessman Greg Browne since visiting Fiji with the Bati squad after the World Cup and seeing how the success of the team, and players such as Semi Radradra, Sisa Waqa, Apisai Koroisau, Akuila Uate and Marika Koroibete in the NRL, had boosted interest in the game.

"The way we were bought home and the way the team was followed goes to show there is a real love for the game, so the next step was to give the local players an opportunity to be exposed to a higher standard of competition," Civoniceva said.

The decision was made to play in the NSW Cup as the team would have to wait for up to seven years to enter the Queensland Cup, there is a big Fijian population in Sydney and most of the other sides are known to fans in Fiji as they have the same names and logos of NRL clubs.

"The fact that we now get every game of NRL broadcast in Fiji is the reason the game of rugby league has just gone through the roof in terms of interest and participation," Civoniceva said.

"We are talking with the NRL about setting up community-based programs to use rugby league to push health and social messages into schools and also to promote participation in rugby league for boys and girls."



Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/...-to-nrl-bid-20140718-zucqz.html#ixzz37muasr1Z
 

Afro Zac

Todd Bates
This team could bring a lot of hope and happiness to my home town of Suva. That what's exciting me more then being able to see Fiji play. This could be a much needed stepping stone and that little extra motivation that young kids and teens in the area, not to mention the whole of Fiji, need to accomplish their dream, achieve great things, wear their hearts on their sleeve and make both Fiji and all their family proud. Health over their isn't the best either, so again, this is another great step in the direction to improve all Fijians health.
 

dexter

David Boyd
This team could bring a lot of hope and happiness to my home town of Suva. That what's exciting me more then being able to see Fiji play. This could be a much needed stepping stone and that little extra wmotivation that young kids and teens in the area, not to mention the whole of Fiji, need to accomplish their dream, achieve great things, wear their hearts on their sleeve and make both Fiji and all their family proud. Health over their isn't the best either, so again, this is another great step in the direction to improve all Fijians health.

wats the stadium like afro zac so good for the game
 

Murri Knights

Scott Seamer
Haha if you havnt been to a footy game in Fiji your in for a big shock, I seen a Fiji rugby under 18s game in Suva back in 2009 there was reggae music playing the whole game and a hilarious ground announcer making everyone laugh, was such a good experience
 

Afro Zac

Todd Bates
Its sort of like Leichhardt Oval, if you've ever been, although take away the Keith Barnes stand and put a steep man made grass hill all around it. Best part of the stadiums is that behind the hills are food markets all along, selling stuff like pineapple juice, pineapples and other fruit and my favourite roti and curry for only $2, although the people running the their markets are always happy and keen to give tourist and first timers a free one, sort of saying "welcome".

Although if that's not your forte, there is more markets alone the street outside, as well as a supermarket and McDonalds.
 

jamesgould

Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus
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I really wanna visit Fiji sometime soon ... some of the nicest and funniest people I've met in my life have been from there.
 

Afro Zac

Todd Bates
I really wanna visit Fiji sometime soon ... some of the nicest and funniest people I've met in my life have been from there.

Just depends on what you want to see my friend, paradise or a real 3rd world country?

Although the scenery may change, the people of course don't.
 
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