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Encyclopedia > Colonial Cup

The Colonial Cup (named after sponsors The Colonial National Bank) is the highest level of competition within Fiji Rugby Union and is a stepping stone for local players into international rugby union.


With the gap between provincial rugby in Fiji and test rugby at an unacceptable level, the Fiji Rugby Union introduced a brand new, streamlined competition to identify and prepare local players for the international stage. The Fiji national and 'A' team is selected from Colonial Cup players as well as from overseas players.


It is Fiji's first professional league though the players are only paid £40 a week plus lodgings.


Fiji’s best 125 players are divided up into 5 professionally run franchises. These franchises play each other over 8 weeks culminating in a semi-final and final. The league uses 4 points for a win; 2 for a draw; 1 bonus point for scoring four or more tries in a match; 1 bonus point for losing by 7 points or less. The top four teams then proceed to the semi-finals.

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History

The competition was launched in 2004. The 30-odd provincial unions were grouped into four franchises along geographical lines. Players not selected for one team could be picked up by one of the others.


The new competition started on the 3rd of April 2004 and finished the 22nd of May 2004 in time for the international test window. The four teams played a round-robin followed by semi-finals and a grand final. The Coastal Stallions held off a late rally from the Suva Highlanders to claim the inaugural Colonial Cup 26-21


In 2005 an extra team was added, Northern Sharks, made of players from Vanua Levu, Taveuni and Ovalau. Previously the Northern Division had belonged to the Suva franchise. Suva Highlanders won the Grand final with a 35-27 win over Western Crusaders. Vanua Levu is the second largest island of Fiji, and was formerly known as Sandalwood Island. ... Taveuni is the third-largest island in Fiji, after Vanua Levu and Viti Levu, and has a population of around 12,000. ... The main town in the Northern Division is Labasa. ...


Franchises

  • Coastal Stallions

Nadroga, Navosa, Namosi, Serua and Malolo

  • Northern Sharks

Vanua Levu, Taveuni and Ovalau Vanua Levu is the second largest island of Fiji, and was formerly known as Sandalwood Island. ... Taveuni is the third-largest island in Fiji, after Vanua Levu and Viti Levu, and has a population of around 12,000. ...

  • Suva Highlanders

Suva, Naitasiri, Nasinu, Kadavu Suva (population 141,000) is the capital of Fiji. ... Map of Fiji, showing Kadavu to the South of Viti Levu Kadavu is the fourth largest island in the Republic of Fiji, and the largest island in the Kadavu Group, which are comprised of Kadavu, Ono, Galoa and a number of smaller islands. ...

  • Tailevu Knights

Tailevu, Northland, Ovalau, Rewa and Island Zone. This article is about the Northland region of New Zealand. ... Rewa is a city in northern Madhya Pradesh state, central India. ...

  • Western Crusaders

Lautoka, Nadi, Vatukoula, Tavua, Ba, Ra and Yasawas Lautoka is the second largest city of Fiji. ... Nadi (Nahn-dee) is the third-largest town in Fiji. ... Ba is a town in Fiji, 23 miles away from Lautoka, off the coast. ... RA can mean: Right ascension Rheumatoid arthritis Republic Act research assistant resident assistant registration authority Royal Academician (Royal Academy of Arts) Royal Artillery Red Alert in Command & Conquer: Red Alert the IATA code for Royal Nepal Airlines The Italian commune of Ravenna An abbreviation for the Provisional Irish Republican Army...


Past Winners

2004 Coastal Stallions


2005 Suva Highlanders


See also

The Fiji National rugby union team is a member of the Pacific Islands Rugby Alliance (PIRA) along with Samoa and Tonga. ...

External links

  • Colonial Cup pages from Teivovo
  • Colonial Cup pages from Fiji Rugby Union

 
 

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