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Reds the next to target Fiji talent

09th August 2014 07:47

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The Reds are launching a recruitment drive in Fiji as they scout for talent in an attempt to rebound from 2014's disappointing Super Rugby season.

Operations manager and former Wallaby scrum-half Sam Cordingley, was on Saturday at the local league semi-final between Nadroga and Suva.

Cordingley revealed he was working on returning the Reds to the top after a dismal recent campaign and that Fiji was a good place to start.

"We have a number of foreign positions within our senior squad which open up opportunities for Fijian players and we are also open to developing players within our academy," Cordingley told AFP.

Fijians, Chris Kuridrani and Samu Kerevi, were in this year's squad but had limited game time.

"There is also a large Fijian community within Brisbane and with the short distance between Queensland and Fiji it obviously makes the transition for players easier," Cordingley said.

The Reds are not alone in targeting Fijian talent though as Top 14 club Brive are setting up an academy in the country in the hope of securing a steady stream of talent from the nation.

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