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Scotland, Italy to play here in 2017

  The mighty All Blacks and Wallabies have rarely ventured to our shores but Scotland and Italy will grace our shores come 2017. This was confirmed by incoming chairman of
15 Jun 2016 10:20
Scotland, Italy to play here in 2017
Georgian fly-half Lasha Khmaladze Merab (with ball) during training in Suva yesterday. The side will face Tonga on Saturday during Pacific Nation Cup. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

 

The mighty All Blacks and Wallabies have rarely ventured to our shores but Scotland and Italy will grace our shores come 2017.

This was confirmed by incoming chairman of the World Rugby, Bill Beaumont at the Sofitel Resort and Spa in Denarau on Monday night.

“World Rugby is always looking at encouraging the Tier One nations to play Pacific nations on their home ground,” he said.

“I think it is not just the Wallabies and the All Blacks, it’s incumbent on all Tier One country to play Tier Two. It is difficult within the regional calendar that we have.”

Beaumont said the first thing was to make some regular Tier Two fixtures against Tier Two country.

“This will enhance that and hopefully, Scotland and Italy are coming to play in Fiji next year,” Beaumont said.

However, Beaumont added that there are plans to stimulate Pacific rugby since local club rugby competition appears to have lost its gloss.

It has been evident that it was used to be the traditional source of recruiting national reps, now there is more focus on overseas-based players.

“I can’t vouch for what happened locally, but there are tremendous interests in the game as Fiji played Tonga last week and they play Samoa this week.

“They are tradition local rivalry that should be encouraged and should be carried on. It is great that the Pacific Nations Cup is the vehicle to play these fixtures,” he added.

 

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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