By Taromane Martin
THE 2018 Credit Corporation High Schools rugby competitions will undergo some minor changes to the competition format as the Solomon Islands Rugby Union Federation (SIRUF) continues developing the sport in the country.
SIRUF Chief Executive Officer Mr Gerald Oiaka confirmed yesterday that the annual high schools rugby season will start at the end of this month.
Oiaka said SIRUF will change the competition from teams competing in the junior and senior categories to the U-19 and U-17 division for all participating school teams.
“The annual Credit Corporation High Schools rugby competition is set to kick off end of April,” Oiaka said.
“All schools which participate last year and new ones who want to take part in the competition are most welcome to register their team.
“For this year’s league there will be some changes to this year’s high schools league. Instead of schools competing in the junior and senior categories, they will be competing in the Under-19 and Under-17.
“Therefore all participating schools will need to produce some documents as part of making sure the eligibility of their players for this year’s high school competition,” he said.
Mr Oiaka also confirmed long time partners Credit Corporation as the major sponsors for this year’s high schools competition.
“I’m also happy to announce that through past high schools competition it has made SIRUF’s task of selecting players for the national U-18 squad that much easier,” the CEO adds.
Meanwhile, the national U-18 squad will compete in the annual Honiara Easter Rugby Challenge today after competing in the High School 7s which completed yesterday.
Auki CHS were crowned competition champions despite losing 26-0 to the national youth squad yesterday.