Scouts out and about

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Police Sharks captain, Maikeli Peters gets ganged tackled by the Dee Cee’s Nadera Panthers defence in the Cup final match of the Fijian Cup Nines tournament at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka on Saturday, November 19, 2022. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Players participating in the Fiji Nines Series can expect Fiji Bati and Fiji Bulikula scouts to be present at the Buckhurst and Bidesi Parks this Saturday.

Fiji National Rugby League acting chief executive officer Don Natabe said scouts from the two national nines teams would be present during the competition as they would be naming their respective teams to represent the country at the Pacific Games at the end of the year.

“Players taking part in the competition can expect scouts to be present at the competition because both the Bati and the Bulikula will be selecting their sides to the PG at the beginning of September,” he said.

The competition will first start in Suva this weekend, then will be held at Prince Charles Park next week Saturday before the final leg at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka on July 22.

“This competition is being held in the middle of the Top 8 Competition because two teams are needed to be selected for the PG,” Natabe said.

“So, the Top 8 competition will be on hold for the next three weeks until the conclusion of the Fiji Nines Series.”

Natabe said fans and spectators would be in for a treat this weekend as the competition got underway, where only the top eight teams would be participating in the women’s division.

“We have Sharks, Eels, Storms, Cowgirls, USP Raiders, Vusu Raiders, and reigning champions Yasawa Saints who will be participating in the women’s division.

“We have eight women’s and 18 men’s teams that will be taking part in the competition.

“Total prize money of $9000 is on the line, with a bonus of $10,000 available for any men’s team which win both the Nines Series and Fijian Cup this season,” Natabe concluded.