Slow response

Jone Mate (right) of the Nakelo rugby team on attack against Naisausau. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA/FILE

Tailevu Rugby Union officials have outlined their plans to visit their affiliated clubs to show awareness of the need to be fully vaccinated.

Union secretary Jojina Niumataiwalu said during their executive meeting over the weekend, they had seen a need for vaccination awareness to their clubs.

“Out of the 39 registered teams, only five teams have submitted their names and vaccination numbers, so it has been decided over the weekend that a team should visit all our affiliated clubs and talk to them the importance of being full vaccinated,” she said.

“If we don’t have the number of fully vaccinated players and officials it will be hard for us to start a competition and also we will apply the policy of ‘No jab, no play’ policy and that is what we don’t want.

“All team managers have received emails of our circular as to what we are planning. “We are grateful that our provincial team, our under-19 and the women’s team, have been fully vaccinated and are awaiting for their off season training program. At the moment, we are focusing on our clubs.”

Niumataiwalu said it was important that all players and officials were aware of what is happening especially coming back after six months of lockdown.

“We are also planning a 10s competition next month and we will begin all our club games next week.

“We had also discussed some of our queries that we will present it to the Fiji Rugby Union annual general meeting next month.

“For the time being, we are working on developing our players from the grass-root level right up until the national level.”

TRU had also selected a new vice-president. He is Major Valu Raumakita.

Their next meeting will be held next month at the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces Training Group headquarters in Nasinu.

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