Pro rugby contracts on offer to Pacific youth

first_imgThe five day training camp which concludes today in Fiji comprised 30 under 23-year-olds from Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, who played in the World Rugby Pacific Challenge.The association’s Aayden Clark said the combine taught players how to deal with contracts, agents and life as an overseas based professional.He said the association is advising the players about the contracts on offer.”There’s some good ones too. Fantastic opportunities for the players. Thats the process that we are working through now as they show interest and also the next week or two will be critical for that,” said Aayden Clark.”It is not just a financial decision for the players. It is a whole raft of factors around whether its going to be the opportunity that they should take or not.”Mr Clark said young players from the Pacific often take overseas contracts without doing their due diligence.”At the moment we spend a lot of time and resource supporting players who have done that and found themselves in a bit of a sticky situation,” said Mr Clark.”There is a long list of things that can happen in an environment where a player feels a bit isolated, gets injured or is just lacking the usual support that they have from their family,” he said.”We have young players who leave overseas on a promise that they got on Facebook messenger with nothing really solid around what is going to be happening once they arrive in a differrent part of the world, so that is a big concern for us”.”This is the opportunity for us to try and prevent having to put in the intensive work later on down the track.”World Rugby in partnership with the Pacific Rugby Players Association are running the combine its general manager Peter Horn says the selected players have been identified by overseas rugby unions and clubs.”We are helping them connect with those clubs and World Rugby is providing a relocation package which supports the player to engage with the club and a relocation allowance to support them to have a soft landing,” Mr Horn said.”So one key thing that we are worried about is ensure that a player from a Pacific Island heritage integrates really well in the right club the right environment,” he said.”They can then actually develop as a rugby player, go on to higher honours in the future, potentially playing for the national program again and going to the world cup.”Peter Horn said the combine model has been borrowed from professional sporting codes in America.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter

first_imgGo back to the enewsletter Go back to the enewsletterTrump International Hotel & Tower New York in Manhattan, overlooking Central Park, is expecting to complete the renovation of its guest rooms, suites and common spaces in coming weeks.“We are very proud of what the hotel has achieved and provided for travellers around the world since its opening 20 years ago. This renovation further affirms our commitment to maintaining our status as one of the elite luxury hotels in the city and around the world,” says Prince A. Sanders, General Manager of the hotel.The refurbishment aspires to create “a first class, ultra-sophisticated ambience reflecting the hotel’s vibrant New York City location.”The renovation includes a total transformation of the hallways, including carpeting, a new colour palette and lighting; guest rooms and suites, including sparkling LED crystal chandeliers and custom wall sconces, deep wood crown molding and base, carpeting, fixtures and fittings, upholstery and bedding; and guest room and suite bathrooms, featuring polished chrome Kohler fixtures, glass-enclosed shower partitions, new comfort-height toilets and custom wood vanities with marble tops.The new finishes and materials have been designed to infuse every aspect of the guest experience with the refined aesthetic that envelops guests when they arrive at the luxury hotel in Manhattan.last_img read more

Japan Still Consumes 2000 LEAFs Per Month

first_imgSource: Electric Vehicle News It will be interesting to see how the new e-Plus version (60 kWh) will sell when it is finally introduced (public debut is scheduled for CES).Nissan LEAF sales in Japan – November 2018 China, Japan Support Unified CEC-CHAdeMO Ultra-Fast Charge Standard Tesla Shows Off Model 3 In Japan For First Time Ever Toshiba To Build Second Production Facility For SCiB Batteries In Japan Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on December 9, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News More than 25,000 LEAFs were already sold this year.In Japan, consumers are still buying a lot of Nissan LEAFs – as 2,090 were sold in November (up 9% year-over-year).The pace of sales stabilized at an average of about 2,300 a month this year, which makes 2018 the best year ever with over 25,000 sales. Since the 2nd generation LEAFs was introduced, over 33,000 were sold during the full 14 months.More from Japanlast_img read more