The Fiji Times

Kaiviti Silktails to make maiden voyage in the land down under


THE Kaiviti Silktails will make their debut in New South Wales Rugby League Ron Massey Cup competitio­n next year with. This will give local rugby league players an opportunit­y to develop their skills and further their careers overseas.

Officially unveiled by the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during the Prime Ministers XIII chash on Friday at the ANZ Stadium, Morrision said it was an opportunit­y to further bring together the two nations.

“This is a great new path of Fiji’s incursion to the National Rugby League in Australia,” Morrison said.

“The Kaiviti Silktails will compete in the Ron Massey Cup in 2020 and the Canterbury Cup in 2021.

“This is a great opportunit­y for young Fijian players coming through the ranks to be able to be exposed.”

Vodafone Fiji Bati coach Brandon Costin believed Fijian flair would be an addition to the NSWRL competitio­n.

“For our local boys to be part of a great competitio­n it couldn’t get any better,” Costin said.

“This is an opportunit­y of a lifetime, and if some of our players get grabbed up with NRL offers along the way would be just the kind of results we are looking for.”

The team marches into camp in Nadi next month.

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