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USP and Police Rugby League teams. Photo: PVRL

There have been questions raised to Vanuatu Rugby League from fans with regards to Port Vila Barbarian’s teams inclusion in the Province Blo Origin tournament, which kicks off next long weekend.

Port Vila Barbarians men’s and women’s team include non-Ni-Van players Fijians, Tongans, Samoans, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Tokelau, Tuvalu with majority are Fijian players.

VRL president Anthony Korikalo has earlier indicated that having Port Vila Barbarians team in the competition will boost the performance of Ni-Van players in terms of testing their agility, physicality, strength and power for the sport.

Players also need to understand that this is the best way to test their ability and understanding of the sport which will help prepare them for international tours when boarders are open.

“This is the only way we can develop players so in real situations when they travel overseas they are used to the hard tackles and hard runs the Port Vila Barbarians will put out.

”As you can see Port Vila Barbarians has a solid team and that’s what we want to train our smaller Ni-vanuatu players to get used to this to develop their tackling skills an attacking skills against a much bigger opponents,” Korikalo said.

It’s a matter of having a positive mindset and attitude towards the tournament and that is putting all efforts and hard work in training and on game day.

At the end of the day, it will be anybody’s game who knows upsets can be created as dust settles on the final day.

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