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EDITORIAL: Rugby House In Order, Let’s Get Serious About Winning For Fiji

With the Fiji Rugby Union successfully managing to pull itself out of debt, the onus is on the stakeholders to lift their game. The national rugby teams should try to
03 May 2015 09:19
EDITORIAL: Rugby House In Order, Let’s Get Serious About Winning For Fiji

With the Fiji Rugby Union successfully managing to pull itself out of debt, the onus is on the stakeholders to lift their game.

The national rugby teams should try to profit and learn on how good planning, teamwork and astute management can produce winners.

Congratulations to the FRU board and management for putting Rugby House in order recording  a $586,213 profit during the 2014 financial year.

This is a remarkable turnaround after the FRU recorded a profit of $63,716 in 2013 and a deficit of $606,647.00 in 2012.

And this came about through proper planning, restructure, budget deficit reduction plan, financial stability plan, improved revenue including sponsorship, improved financial and IT system, improved record system, improved human resources and governance.

The Vodafone Fijian 7s team departed yesterday for the final leg of the World Sevens Series in Glasgow and London.

And coach Ben Ryan should be commended for putting together a proper plan in place resulting in the team recording remarkable achievements on the world circuit so far.

The team is closer to winning automatic qualification to the 2016 Rio Olympics and it’s not impossible for the team to record their second back-to-wins on series in Glasgow and London next week.

What is important is the team needs to go from strength to strength as we build up to Rio.

The Vodafone Fijian U20 departs today for the World Rugby U20 Trophy in Lisbon, Portugal.

The team need to get back in the 2016 Junior World Championships after being relegated last year.

The Vodafone Flying Fijians will certainly be expected to improve their performance from the 2011 Rugby World Cup at the 2015 RWC in England in September.

The Flying Fijians have punched above their weight reaching two quarterfinals in 1987 and 2007. We can deliver the telling blow again through good planning, selection and proper execution on the field.

Perhaps it’s worth reminding to consider locals players who proved their worth during the Pacific Rugby Challenge.

The Telecom Fijian Warriors need to push for test spots when they take part in the tour of Uruguay later this month and the Pacific Nations Cup in July.

With the busy rugby year, the national teams have been given ample time to prepare.

And they have ample opportunity to improve on the progressive standard that the FRU has already set.

Rugby House has set a benchmark and winning formula we should all be proud of. What is left for our national teams is to emulate and profit from it on the field.

Let’s hope the FRU new board members will build on the good effort, vision and the new direction mapped out by Dr Esther Williams, Baljeet Singh, Dr Berlin Kafoa, Napolioni Batimala, Filimone Vatuvoka, Daniel Whippy, Mosese Taga and chairman  Filimone Waqabaca.

Feedback:  oseab@fijisun.com.fj

 



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