The Fijian aspect have relocated to New South Wales to compete within the Ron Massey Cup, after final yr’s competitors was cancelled due to Covid-19.
28 gamers and 5 administration employees departed Fiji on February the tenth and are on account of be launched from the Sofitel Resort in Wentworth tomorrow offered they return a unfavorable coronavirus check.
Regardless of being confined to their lodge rooms, head coach Wes Naiqama stated the gamers have been preserving busy.
“We had been capable of deck out all of the rooms with coaching gear so in precise reality we’ve not misplaced any time with coaching,” he stated.
“We have made positive that we stuffed their days up with our schedule: with our devotion both aspect of the day morning and evening plus they have double (coaching) periods through the day on prime of group conferences.”
The Silktails made a profitable debut within the Ron Massey Cup, beating Windsor Wolves in final season’s opening spherical earlier than the season was delivered to a halt.
However solely eight gamers from final yr’s squad had been retained for the 2021 marketing campaign.
“All of them went again to their golf equipment they usually had been put into their totally different pathway hubs together with one other 80 gamers that joined them they usually simply needed to play for his or her positions,” former Fiji Bati centre Naiqama defined over the cellphone from the confines of his lodge room.
“These eight boys that went again they actually utilized themselves, they had been enjoying properly for his or her golf equipment respectively and all the opposite guys that come into the squad they had been doing their bit too and thru their performances with their golf equipment they obtained a spot within the closing 28.”
The Silktails will likely be based mostly in Sydney for the whole 2021 season, and can play their house fixtures at Mascot Oval, a brief drive from the airport.
Wes Naiqama spent a decade enjoying within the NRL and acknowledged it is a massive sacrifice for the gamers to be away from their buddies and households for seven months.
“To be residing right here it should be an enormous tradition shock for the boys however between the administration and myself we have tried to allow them to know what to anticipate coming over right here,” he stated.
“There’s clearly pleasure amongst the group however clearly some boys are nervous too and it should be a problem, they’re away from their households for seven months overseas. On the finish of the day they have objectives as people and we have objectives as a group.”
Wes Naiqama stated if the gamers are keen to place in a little bit of sacrifice hopefully they will do properly within the Ron Massey Cup and a few of the gamers can earn a contract with an NRL membership.