NRC fans urged to donate rugby gear

by staff

Aussies are being asked to hand in their rugby gear to give Fijian children a chance to chase their rugby dreams.

Fans can bring pre-loved boots, balls and playing kits to games this weekend, to donate to The Fiji Project, an organisation that works to help hundreds of Fijians in desperate need of the equipment.

The Fiji Project co-founder Katrina Oxenham said the donations would mean everything to the children.

Fiji Project co-founder Katrina Oxenham with some of the project's beneificiaries. Photo: Supplied‘’Most Fijian children play rugby barefoot and have never owned a pair of boots or any other rugby kit, but their simple love for rugby is second to none so this will mean the world to them."

The promotion links in with this weekend's Pasifika Round, which will celebrate the Pacific Islands' contribution to rugby, highlighted by the Pasifika Cup between the Greater Sydney Rams and Fijian Drua.

Rams player Albert Tuisue said it would be a great honour to be a part of the themed weekend.

‘’There’s a lot of us boys from the Islands playing in the NRC and it’s great we get to recognise that, as we’re very proud of where we come from.’’


Pasifika Round

Saturday October 7

Greater Sydney Rams vs Fijian Drua; TG Millner Oval, Sydney; 3pm AEDT

Queensland Country vs NSW Country Eagles; Bond University, Gold Coast; 5pm AEDT

Sunday October 8

Melbourne Rising vs Canberra Vikings; Frankston, Melbourne; 1pm AEDT

Sunday October 8

Sydney Rays v Brisbane City; Pittwater Park, Sydney; 3pm AEDT