Kaiviti Silktails request FNRL affiliation

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Members of the Kaiviti Silktails rugby league side during the recovery session at Northern Club swimming pool in Lautoka. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

The Fiji National Rugby League says it has received correspondence from the Kaiviti Silktails to join the governing body to help build the sport in the country.

The two organisations had a falling out after claims of deviation from a memorandum of understanding in the set up of the Silktails.

FNRL board chairman Aporosa Lutunauga said they looked forward to meeting the management of the Silktails to iron out differences.

“I can assure you that we have received a letter of request from them to be affiliated to the Fiji National Rugby League,” Lutunauga said.

“The board will be expecting to meet them in the coming weeks and we can comment further on that.”

Former FNRL chairman Viliame Naupoto had said last year that the Silktails pulled out of a MOU with the FNRL.

“The Silktails unilaterally pulled out of the MOU that we had with them,” said Naupoto.

“That allowed them to be a part of the FNRL and operate as an affiliate club for us to allow them to come and operate within Fiji. I am not too sure why they cancelled that MOU.”

Meanwhile, the Silktails will play eight matches at Churchill Park during the 2023 Ron Massey competition.

The side has spent the past two years based at Mascot in Sydney because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Wes Naiqama-coached side opens its campaign against Penrith Brothers on March 19 at Parker St Reserve, King St.

The side will host the Canterbury Bankstorm Bulldogs in Lautoka in the second round on March 25.

Other home games are against Hills Bulls on April 15, the round nine match against St Marys on May 20, against the Penrith Brothers on May 27, against the Glebe Dirty Reds on June 17, Mounties on June 24, the Ryde Eastwood Hawks on July 15 and the Wentworthville Magpies on July 22.

The Silktails final match will be against St Marys on July 30 at St Marys Leagues Stadium.

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