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More Comp For Tier Two

  Bill Beaumont wants more competition to boost standard for Tier Two rugby nations like Fiji, Tonga and Samoa. The Englishman, who replaces Bernard Lapasset as World Rugby chairman, is
13 Jun 2016 09:12
More Comp For Tier Two
Fiji Rugby Union Chief Executive Officer,John O’Connor with newly elected chairman for Rugby World Bill Beaumont at Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo:Litia Tikomailepanoni.

 

Bill Beaumont wants more competition to boost standard for Tier Two rugby nations like Fiji, Tonga and Samoa.

The Englishman, who replaces Bernard Lapasset as World Rugby chairman, is keen to push for changes when he takes up his new role next month.

Beaumont arrived yesterday to attend the Rugby Committee meeting in Nadi with the emphasis on the way forward and development of rugby in the Pacific Islands.

“Definitely we need to push competition to lift standard in the Tier Two rugby nations,” Beaumont said.

“It’s one of the things we are going to discuss in the next few days here”.

Beaumont praised the Pacific Island teams on their performance at the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.

“The Pacific Island teams made an enormous contribution to the RWC,” Beaumont said.

“The Flying Fijians played well although they were in difficult group.

“If they were in another pool they could have qualified for the quarterfinal

“I still remember how they smashed Wales to play the quarterfinal against South Africa at the 2007 RWC in France.”

Beaumont also reminisced the first time he played against the Fijians in Suva where he scored a try as a lock forward.

“I’ve very fond memories, Fijians are very kind and hospitable so it is nice to be back here,” he said.

“I played for the British Lions when we lost to a good Fiji team in Suva in 1977.”

He was also the captain for the England team that played two games here, one against the Fiji Juniors team.

“Though the weather was a bit warm for the English team, the experience was fantastic.”

 

Good On You Bill: Bosco

Former Fiji rugby captain/chief executive officer Pio Bosco Tikoisuva says rugby is in capable hands under Beaumont.

Tikoisuva was the captain of the Fiji team which defeated the British Lions 25-21  at Buckhurst Park in Suva in 1977.

“I will also attend the meeting in Nadi and looking forward to meet up with Bill.

“I congratulate him for his new appointment and I’m sure he will make the right choice with his rugby background.”

Edited by Osea Bola

FeedBack: litia.tikomailepanoni@fijisun.com.fj

 



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