A strengthened relationship between Bay of Plenty and Fiji rugby unions could mean more of the Pacific nation's teams coming to the region and an overall stronger game locally.

As part of a new programme, the Bay union's director of women's rugby Rodney Gibbs, men's player development manager James Porter and former All Black and Bay of Plenty Steamer Tanerau Latimer, will head to Fiji to run a week-long coaching clinic.

The trio leave this weekend and will teach intermediate and secondary school children basic skills, while also working with coaches to help their ongoing development.

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