President happy with Kaji progress

Suva hours

players, staff

THE Suva Primary Schools Kaji Rugby Association held its awards function at the Marist Brothers High School’s Lambert Hall on Saturday.

President Michael Koroi said the support shown by parents was enormous and he commended them for their support throughout the season.

He said with the type of parental support and teachers target to groom the grassroots level of future rugby stars is something the national body should look into.

“When it comes to rugby parents are very critical in some of the decision making we make and it’s a learning curve to for us and I must thank them for their contribution in the development of our association,” The Learning Centre Suva teacher said.

Also at the awards, the People’s Community Network-sponsered Suva teams to the national finals were announced. Check Monday’s The Fiji Times for the team’s names.

Tour plans

for teams

THE Suva Primary Schools Kaji Rugby Association president Michael Koroi and his staff members have set a plan for a tour to Australia and New Zealand for the under-13 and 14 teams later in the year.

This was confirmed at the association’s awards function yesterday.

Looking back at the overall performances of the Suva Kaji this year, the association has seen a lot of improvement in the off field departments such the engagement of the St John’s Ambulance and teachers have completed Level One of the IRB coaching certificate. Also the association has seen the decrease in injury cases and parents have been commended for maintaining their kids body conditions. The late Rupeni Tamani too was acknowledged for his vision in reviving the Kaji competition.

Qalowasa, Kacirogo in Blues team

TWO former Suva Kaji players were named in the Auckland Blues team to compete in the U14 competition.

Ropate Qalowasa and Josua Kacirogo played for the Suva Kaji U13 team last year.

Speaking on their inclusion in the team, president Michael Koroi said this was the great work shown in the development of the Kaji competition.

He said the Kaji competition throughout Fiji had contributed immensely not only for the Fiji Rugby Union.

He said tier one nation teams had seen the best in the Kaji product.

“Virimi Vakatawa was a product of the Naitasiri Kaji rugby, Tevita Kuridrani and Henry Speight of Australia and Waisake Naholo are some of the prominent names in the world of rugby today,” he said.

“We have Jale Vatubua, the latest to make a break in the Vodafone Flying Fijians team, Tevita Cavubati, Viliame Mata and Henry Seniloli are some of the players that had been to the system as well.

“Once we take care of the base which is the Kaji competition, there will be no problem when these players move up to become national reps.”

Koroi has called on the Fiji Rugby Union to monitor these young players as they transit from primary schools and secondary before they become senior players. Vatubua and Sunia Koto were present at the awards yesterday.

Duo thank Kaji

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FORMER Suva Kaji representatives England-based Jiuta Wainibuli and France-based Henry Spring have commended the idea of the competition that have helped them overseas. The duo are on break and were guests at the Suva Primary Schools Kaji Rugby Association awards function yeaterday. Wainibuli said even though the competition in England is not as strong as the one here it was the size in players that shocked him very much.

Meanwhile, Spring who is at the Stade Francais academy in France said it was how they were taught on the basics of the game.

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