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More Support For FRU Bid

More Support For FRU Bid
Samoa 7s coach and former legendary New Zealand 7s coach Gordon Tietjens shows his support for the Fiji Rugby Union bid during Sydney 7s on January 28, 2018. Photo: Fiji Rugby Union
February 15
11:02 2018

 

Fiji Rugby Union has been overwhelmed with the support it has been receiving for its bid to host a leg of a World Rugby Sevens Series in Fiji, at the same time calling for more support.

With just two weeks away from submitting its proposal to World Rugby Fiji Rugby Union chief executive John O’Connor said they  would continue to search for the Fijians support.

The FRU will on February 28 submit its bid to World Rugby to host a leg of the 2019/2020 World Sevens Series.

“We got only two weeks to go before we submit our bid. We are in the process of our proposal submission that’s extremely comprehensive,” O’Connor said.

“Proposals on venues, hotels, training venues.

“We have just had many thousands of Fijians coming in and supporting the bid, but we need more support from Fijian people and to log into Fijifor7s.com and register their support,” he said.

“We have a lot of work ahead of us prior to the closing of the bid period. We need to submit a credible and winning bid that warrants serious consideration.

“Should we be successful, this tournament will not only benefit FRU but all Fijians and Fiji as a nation.”

FRU has put together a task force led by Brian Thorburn who will be assisted by former Argentina Rugby Union and South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Argentina Rugby (SANZAAR) chief executive Greg Peters.

Peters has earlier stated they would need to tick all the boxes by February 28.

“One of the criteria is the player welfare,” Peters said.

“This means we need to have world class facilities in terms of training, medical and playing facilities.  Everything that’s wrapped around player’s welfare has to be in place.

“We are leaving no stones unturned, giving World Rugby no excuse to say no. They have to come here because we have put through a  compelling bid. It’s a massive challenge.”

Win A Trip To Hong Kong

All those who register their support will go into the draw to win a trip for two to the Hong Kong 7s on April 6-8. The package includes return tickets, four nights’ accommodation and three days tickets to the tournament.

 Edited by Percy Kean

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