Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby League is getting more bytes or follows on the internet, Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby League Association Secretary Lai Corerega has said.
The sheer number of fans has seen the FSSRL Vodafone Trophy fanbase grow to an incredible level over the past couple of months.
“The Vodafone Trophy social media audience reached 171,000,” he said.
He said improving the sport and including more schools, coupled with supporting family members and friends of children who play, has helped boost fan numbers.
“At the beginning of May, our hits were at 57,000. More and more people are checking our Facebook pages and other social media sites for the latest information on the secondary school competition.
“Most of the success comes from Fiji, followed by Fijians living abroad. We are excited about the increase in fan numbers as it shows the sport is growing and changing the local scene.
One of the contributing factors, he said, was the success of women in Fijian sports.
“More and more girls are getting into sports. Some of rugby and other sports.
“It has increased the number of women and girls playing rugby league and one of the contributing factors is the success of the Fijian rugby teams in rugby union.
“We have sprinters who have represented Fiji in athletics in rugby league, some in rugby union and some in other sports. It’s a good image because women’s rugby league is growing in as part of the FNRL’s desire to be inclusive in sport.
Meanwhile, the FSSRL Vodacome Trophy Grand Final returns to Ratu Cakobau Park in Nausori on Saturday.
Prints: 9:00 a.m.: Under 15 – QVS Knights v Nasinu Panthers, 10:25 a.m.: Female origin: South Eastern Zone School Girls v Western Zone Schools Girls, 11:35 a.m.: U17 – QVS Knights v Marist Storm, 1:00 p.m.: U19 – Vanua Levu Secondary Schools Boys U19 Selection v U19 South Eastern Schools Boys Selection, 3pm: U19 – QVS Knights v Ba Pro Dragons.