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Praise For Fijian Rugby

  World Rugby, the governing body of the sport, has praised our players and is happy with our Fijian Rugby House. Not so long ago the relationship between our Rugby
14 Jun 2016 10:22
Praise For Fijian Rugby
World Rugby executives Gus Pichot, Mark Robinson, Richie McCaw, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and World Rugby Chairman Bill Beaumont during the meeting at Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa last night. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

 

World Rugby, the governing body of the sport, has praised our players and is happy with our Fijian Rugby House.

Not so long ago the relationship between our Rugby House and World Rugby was frosty over funding but it’s all buried now.

Incoming World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont said they were happy with the way things were progressing at Rugby House. He said Fijian players had contributed to the success of rugby on the world stage at the close of the World Rugby committee meeting at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa yesterday.

This was the first ever committee meeting by World Rugby in the country since its establishment in 1886.

Mr Beaumont said Fijians had enhanced the global game and represented their country with skills, pride and excitement. Fijian contribution to Oceania was second to none.

He met Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and FRU chief executive officer John O’Connor at the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa and said the meeting was cordial.

“The PM and everybody involved in the Fijian Rugby have been very honest about where we are,” he said.

“We want to do everything we can to encourage Fijian rugby and we will be doing it in the coming future. It is important for the members to come to Oceania and appreciate the difficulties in the islands. So how you manage to overcome that and produce competitive teams either in 7s or 15s, is a wonder.

“We are very happy and delighted to be looking at things for Fiji.”

Mr Bainimarama said he wanted to thank World Rugby for financing the Pacific Nations Cup and: “for everything else you are doing to strengthen the game, including improving our standards of governance.” (Read more of PM’s statement on page 32).

Mr Beaumont, the former British Lions/England lock forward said a grant of $88.93 million (£30 million) had been given to the Pacific including Fiji.

He said they would continue to provide the same level of funding.

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

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