Fiji NSW Cup Bid al­low­ing con­tenders for equal part­ner­ship

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Petero Civon­iceva’s group, which has been work­ing to get a Fi­jian team in the New South Wales Cup Rugby League Com­pe­ti­tion, is will­ing to con­sider new part­ners - if they can con­trib­ute fi­nan­cially. This was in re­ac­tion to the late call by Fiji Na­tional Rugby League to be an equal part­ner.

The bid for Fiji’s rugby league par­tic­i­pa­tion at the 2017 New South Wales (NSW) Cup is now go­ing through the fi­nal process. The Fiji NSW Cup Bid re­leased a state­ment to SUNS­ports stat­ing they are al­low­ing con­tenders for equal part­ner­ship and dis­cus­sions will pro­ceed. “We are open to ac­cept­ing equity part­ners who can and will con­trib­ute long term value to the NSW Cup bid team and that we will have th­ese dis­cus­sions and make a de­ci­sion in due course.”

FNRL chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ti­moci Naleba had ear­lier said: “No doubt that the ini­tia­tive looks good on pa­per, but there is still a lot to be con­sid­ered on the vi­a­bil­ity of the project.” On the NSW Cup bid, Naleba says, FNRL is con­fi­dent that bid team co-or­di­na­tor and rugby league leg­end Civon­iceva will be sup­port­ive of FNRL’s stand and they are look­ing for­ward to clos­ing the deal soon. “Se­condly, the FNRL board have made it clear that it would like to be an equal part­ner.” Naleba said there have been dis­cus­sions on the is­sue and hope­fully FNRL would be able to sign-up with the bid team and oth­ers in­volved on mu­tu­ally agreed terms. De­spite ques­tions, SUNS­ports is yet to re­ceive a re­sponse from FNRL on their source of fund­ing for an equal part­ner­ship. Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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