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$4 million sponsorship for Fiji

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A good news story,no doubt directly as a result of their World Cup achievements.Hopefully,Vodafone will get good exposure from their Wembley game.


I do hope they use the money sensibly to develope their domestic game and don't just fritter it away and have nothing to show for it at the end of the sponsorship period.


I'm no expert but I would have thought that spending a sensible amount of money in the Pacific Islands domestic competitions,would generate an enormous return.

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Great news for Fiji rugby league and ties in well with this from today's Fiji Times:


Three game target

Arin Kumar
Monday, November 18, 2013


THE Fiji National Rugby League has set a target of three international matches per season for Fiji-based players after this year's Rugby League World Cup.

FNRL chairman Peni Musunamasi yesterday said the aim was to give local players more overseas exposure as part of their preparations for the 2015 Pacific Games and the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

The Vodafone Fiji Bati played Toa Samoa in the quarter-finals of the Rugby League World Cup early this morning.

Musunamasi said whatever the outcome of the match, the future of the sport looked bright.

He said while they were looking at playing more international matches in a year, they might not be against Australia, New Zealand and England yet.

"For us to get to that level to play against those nations, we would have to be really good and we would have to work really hard for that," he said.

"But we can play against our Pacific neighbours and it has been a while since we last did."

Musunamasi said playing regular matches against Samoa, Tonga, Papua New Guinea and the Cook Islands would be a better option for now.

"We have the Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation and I would bring up to them the idea of playing the Pacific Cup once again."

The Pacific Cup competition used to include the Maori side which provided stiff competition to the other Pacific nations.

"The last Pacific Cup was held in 2009 in PNG and it was funded by the PNG government and they gave $2million for it.

"For us to get that kind of funding to host the event would be very difficult and we would need a lot of support from our government, sponsors and corporate bodies.

"But if we were to have a Pacific Cup, we would like to give our local players a chance to play in it and exposing our local players to international competition against these nations would be a huge benefit to us."

Musunamasi said the local players should use the current World Cup and Fiji's performance in it as a learning experience.

He said they should see how professional, fit and committed the players in the World Cup are.

"Especially the forward pack, seeing the game; they (local players) can know how much it takes to be in the world cup.

"The commitment and the pressure they are under. The atmosphere is always intense and watching that should boost our local players.

"We have heaps and heaps of raw talent but it has to come from the players themselves. They have to put in extra effort to be recognised."

Musunamasi added the World Cup would be a learning experience for the FNRL as well.

"I want all team officials to put in their report and this would mean every official that was part of the Fiji Bati team and even the captain will have to do the same.

"I am sure Petero (Civoniceva) will have a lot to say and we will use their feedback to identify the areas we lacked in and what more could have been done and should be done to make our job and performance better at the next world Cup."




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So looks as though Fiji is starting to put together a decent program for coming years:


2014 - 4 Nations Tournament in Australia/NZ


2015 - Pacific Games Tournament in PNG


2017 - World Cup



Hopefully a Pacific Cup tournament can be played.

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Vodafone have stood by RL in Fiji for years. This is yet another good news story on top of the Bati getting to the semi-finals. :) 

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Peni Musunamasi has been working hard for the game in Fiji for a long time now. Great to see people like him get rewarded with a second successive RLWC semi-final.

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Such loyalty from vodaphone deserves recognition

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