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Sponsors delay a concern

Written By : VUNIWAQA BOLA . Fiji Rugby Union life member and former chairman, Barry Sweetman believes that finding the right sponsors for the Flying Fijians is a serious matter
02 Jan 2009 12:00

Written By : VUNIWAQA BOLA . Fiji Rugby Union life member and former chairman, Barry Sweetman believes that finding the right sponsors for the Flying Fijians is a serious matter the executives at Rugby House need to work on.
“It’s quite a serious matter for FRU to work on. I understand they are looking overseas for a sponsor.”
However, for a man who has done so much for the development of rugby in the country he knows that the parent rugby body needs finance to keep it running.
Sweetman said the FRU board needs to hunt for finances and not rely on the government all the time.
“The board needs to pursue its finances.”
“Because we need money to run the union and we got to find it as we can’t keep looking to government.”
Sweetman said the FRU would need a substantial commercial company to sponsor the Flying Fijians.
“For a start they need a product to sell which has good quality.”
Sweetman said this have been achieved by the Flying Fijians when they made it to the quarterfinals at the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France.
“This should help attract a good sponsor and this is what FRU can offer.”
“They can at least be certain the same height can be reached in the next world cup.”
Sweetman said he can understand why the FRU were not disclosing any names in regards to the sponsorship.
Sweetman believes FRU has what was needed to attract great offers but they need to use it.
“They have something to offer but they have got to sell themselves.”



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