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Fijian PLS workers make rugby tournament history in New South Wales
06:25 am GMT+12, 18/02/2021, Australia

The inclusion of nine Fijian Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS) workers into the Singleton Bulls rugby team have helped the Bulls pull off a historic win over Hamilton in the final match of the Mick ‘Whale’ Curry Sevens tournament in Charleston, New South Wales over the weekend.
 
Singleton fans jumped in excitement as their team claimed victory 28-14 over a tough Hamilton side. The Singleton Bulls was also boosted by the inclusion of Fijian PLS worker, Mosese Tuiwainikai, as their new assistant coach. The Sevens tournament featured teams from across the Hunter and Sydney, using the competition as pre-season training.
 
Australia’s High Commissioner to Fiji, John Feakes said, “ It’s great to see the Fijian boys making an impact in the community and playing the game they love as well as learning new skills and earning an income through the PLS.”
 
Fijian workers are highly valued by Australian employers, who are facing critical labour shortages in the agricultural industry as a result of COVID-19.  Australia has opened its borders to 350 Fijian workers who have departed Fiji in the last three months.
 
More Fijian workers are expected to leave for Australia in the coming weeks.
 
This highlights the special relationship between Fiji and Australia.

SOURCE: DFAT/PACNEWS

 


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