Fiji, 21 August 2013 – To celebrate U18 Ratu Navula High School’s win of the much coveted Dean’s Trophy, the Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa management yesterday hosted the rugby team and their managers to a celebratory lunch at the luxury resort.
Simon Jinks, General Manager said, “It was a great pleasure to be able to host the team after their historic win in bringing the trophy to the west after 75 years, and also the fact that it is our local school, makes their win even more of a reason to celebrate”.
The team under the guidance of Coach Josaia Rokomarawa has won 30 consecutive games since 2010 and had won the National Championship U15 in 2010, U16 in 2011, U17 in 2012 and U18 in 2013.
Since its inception 75 years ago, this is the first time that the U18 secondary schools division competition for the Deans Trophy has been won by a school in the west.
The favourite, Ratu Kadavulevu School (RKS) was beaten in the semi-finals by Ratu Navula Secondary School and Queen Victoria School (QVS), the defending champions in the finals on Saturday, 17 August 2013 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva where the match was held.
“I am very proud of my boys,” said Coach Josaia Rokomarawa. “For their commitment and sacrifices that they made and I am also grateful for the support from the boys’ families which has resulted in this historic win.” Mr Rokomarawa went on to add that he has been fortunate to be offered the opportunity to coach the Fiji U18 national team, who will tour Australia in September. Eighteen of the boys in his team will also be part of the tour group.