September 21, 2021
Former NRL and Fiji Bati star Wes Naiqama will continue to coach the Kaiviti Silktails for the 2022 season in the Ron Massey Cup.
2022 will be the third season for the Silktails in the Australian domestic competition but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they were not able to compete in the entire competition.
The Silktails will be introducing a train-and-study initiative for season 2022 with both players and staff completing part-time courses as part of the club’s “No Study, No Play” policy.
2021 Clubman of the Year and Silktails foundation player, prop Apakuki Tavodi, has been appointed club captain. Tavodi will play a pivotal role in setting up the newest high-performance centre in his home province of Ra.
And 2021 ‘Rising Star’ Vuate Karawalevu will return to Sydney in late October to begin training with the Sydney Roosters NRL Squad in November.
The 20-year-old winger-centre played seven games for the Silktails (three tries) and five for the Roosters Jersey Flegg side (nine tries).
There will be some significant changes for the Fijian club as the players will begin their pre-season in Fiji at one of the three high-performance academies.
They will travel back to Sydney in late December-early January.
In 2022, the Silktails will be predominantly an Under 23s side – with a concession to have a maximum of eight players over that age in the 30-man squad. From the 2023 season, the Silktails will be an Under 23s side only.
“The Under 23s format will be a Silktails-only criteria to make the team,” said Stephen Driscoll, who shifts from the Interim CEO role in 2021 to Executive Director in 2022.
“This is just to streamline our pathways program and strengthen our strategic focus on being a development club.”
Other staff changes see 2021 Staff Member of the Year Jacqui Shannon promoted to the role of General Manager while Peni Tikosaya has been appointed Head of Pathways.
By Romeka Romena