Whybird upbeat about rugby league challenge

Members of the Australian School Girls Rugby League team during training at Albert park yesterday. Picture: ATU RASEA

“This is the start of something which will last very long.”

These were the words of Australian Under-18 School Girls team manager Scott Whybird as his team prepares to take on the Fiji School Girls in the Vuvale Challenge this Friday.

This is the first time the Aussie teams are visiting Fiji to take on the U18 teams.

Whybird says he is hopeful the match will help develop the sport among women in Fiji. ”

Back home, we do have leagues going on and I’m pretty sure with the caliber of athletes Fiji has produced, they will excel in women’s rugby league as well,” he said.

Whybird, a school principal by profession, added his team had been learning a lot since arriving here.

“It’s not that we are here to play only. We have seen so many things around us from which we are confident that we will learn so many things.

“Going around, we saw so many groups playing touch football, which was great to see.

“We want to make the most of this trip and while we are here to play, we’d like the girls to take as much memories back with them as possible.”

The girls, with the Australian Boys counterparts will visit some schools in Naitasiri today.

The matches will be held at Albert Park in Suva on Friday.

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