Fijian Latui ready to fly against Kagifa Samoa

Apisalome Waqatabu delivers a pass during the Fijian Latui captains run at Churchill Park in Lautoka yesterday. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

THE Fiji team that will be playing its first match in the Global Rapid Rugby competition today against Kagifa Samoa is called the Fijian Latui or the Fiji goshawk, a native bird of Fiji and one of our most prized predators.

Scientifically known as the Accipiter rufitorques and the Reba or Tuitui in other local dialects it is found on Fiji’s larger islands of Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Kadavu and Ovalau and seldom found over the Lau group.

A small hawk with a blue grey colour shade a long tail and rounded wingtips, the Latui habitats from anywhere in Fiji’s dense jungle foliage to within urban areas.

The Latui’s diets mainly on small birds such as pigeons as well insects and small reptiles.

The Global Rapid Rugby includes new law variations:

– 35 minute halves: Match length consists of 35 minute halves and a 70 minute game instead of the regular 80 minute 80 minutes under the standard World Rugby union laws),

– Scrum and line-out time limits: Scrums are timed to one minute and lineouts given 45 seconds to set,

– 22-metre line no kicking into touch: Clearing kicks with the ball from within the 22-metre line is disallowed and will result in a turnover if breached,

– 9 point ‘power try’: This is given for attacks launched within the 22-metre line resulting in a try,

– Rollover interchange: Similar to rugby league interchange regulations a certain number rolling substitution is allowed during a match.

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