December 19, 2017
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NSWRL Bid awaits FNRL endorsement

Fiji’s New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) Bid is currently awaiting the endorsement from the Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL) Board.

Bid Co-Coordinator and Rugby League Legend Petero Civoniceva says they have put three years of hard work together to draw up their proposal and they already have the endorsements of the NRL, NSWRL, Fiji Sports Commission, Fiji Sports Council and the Fijian Government.

“We had 2 previous written endorsements from the last 2 FNRL Boards and a verbal endorsement in April this year. We are the only Fiji Bid proposal that the NSWRL will accept,” he said.

“We are ready to start as we have sponsorship and just require the written endorsement from the current FNRL Board. We are independent of FNRL to ensure our financial viability and to operate without political interference or regional affiliations- we want a fair and even playing field operating openly, honestly and transparency assured for our supporters, sponsors, FNRL and Fiji Government.”

Civoniceva said  this is a tremendous opportunity for Fiji’s elite local players- to be contracted as a full time professional rugby league player ( Full time wage) - playing against Australia’s best 2nd tier Rugby League Comp - the NSW Intrust Super Cup.

“I feel this is the missing link for local players - now they will get the opportunity to show case their talents towards a lucrative NRL contract - which is life changing.”

“We await to here from the FNRL Board. This will be a fantastic opportunity in 2019- we hope the FNRL Board feel the same way,” he added.

Meanwhile the FNRL Board is expected to meet tomorrow to discuss the bid and two main matters that will be discussed are the legal and operation framework of the team structure and the ownership issues of the team and the licence involved.

By Reginald Chandar

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