The inaugural Tri Nations rugby union series kicks off this Friday at Raemaru Park in Arorongi.
Domestic competition stars to boost Fiji Residents team at the Tri Nations rugby series.
Residents are leaving no stone unturned in their bid to claim the inaugural Tri
Nations rugby union series which kicks off this Friday at Raemaru Park in
George Fatefehi-coached side will take on Cook Islands this week before
battling the Samoa/Tonga side next Friday. In the final match, Cook Islands
will play Samoa/Tonga. The matches will kick off at 4.30pm.
Residents assistant coach Eli Bendini said they had started preparing for the
series about two weeks ago.
said they have four training sessions per week, held at the National Stadium in
than 30 players attend these sessions.
preparation has been going great. We have a good turnout of Fijian players,
most of who are playing club level rugby here in Rarotonga and we expect they
will provide us with a good depth,” Bendini said.
players are excited and looking forward to representing Fiji in this series.
They have represented their clubs in domestic Sevens tournament but this is
their first chance to represent our country in a 15s competition.”
majority of Fijians plying their trade in Rarotonga feature in the backline.
Bendini said they have a good number of forwards to lead the team upfront.
all the positions covered, there are a number of players here who can play in
the forwards as well. We have options for some key positions and we hope to
utilise that well.”
likes of Lai Rogorogoivalu, Sailosi Nagi, speedster Peniasi Dakuwaqa, Tua
Ravula, Tomasi Bikaka, Kave Mocedike, Jovilisi Naqitawa are expected to make
the team for the series.
said: “Our aim is to win this inaugural series. We are training hard to ensure
we accomplish that goal.”
Residents will need to win both their matches in order to claim the Tri Nations
Nations hosted by Arorangi Rugby Club in collaboration with Cook Islands Rugby
Union will feature three matches between the participating teams.
Koteka, the Cook Islands Rugby Union development manager, earlier said: “In
this year of uncertainty we need to be innovative, bold and strategic! With the
flights shut down and no visiting teams or players, we need to strategically
look at innovative ways to make our internal competition exciting and
meaningful hence the Tr-Nations idea that came to light from former national
15s player Pare Rongokea Jr.”
terms of local rugby 15s, the highest level of senior grade rugby you can play
each year is the Rarotonga Club 15s Finals – provided your team make the
Finals! The Tri-Nations concept is the next step above club-level rugby called
regional level-rugby, which will see three residential community teams; Cook
Islands, Fiji and Samoa play a round-robin series of matches against each other
during the month of November 2020.”
is calling on fans to get behind all the teams “as we look to enhance local
rugby and build local capacity”.
fee is $2 for adults and for kids, it’s free.