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Ambassadors Gregan, Tuqiri

  Former Wallabies captain George Gregan and Australian rugby dual international Lote Tuqiri will be the 2016 Fiji International ambassadors The Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Siddiq Koya
04 Aug 2016 12:04
Ambassadors Gregan, Tuqiri
(From L-R) Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism Permanent Secretary Shaheen Ali, Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Siddiq Koya,Chief Executive Officer of PGA of Australia Brian Thourburn during the Press Conference for Fiji International yesterday.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganalau.

 

Former Wallabies captain George Gregan and Australian rugby dual international Lote Tuqiri will be the 2016 Fiji International ambassadors

The Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Siddiq Koya said having the rugby legends will boost the profile of the tournament.

“The involvement of these two well-renowned rugby celebrities will definitely draw more interests to our shores,”Koya said.

“Rugby is the most admired sport in Fiji and we hope that through our brand ambassadors, our rugby fans in Fiji will also become golf fans and help further develop the sport locally.

The Fiji International to be played at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course on October 6-9.

Gregan is Australia’s highest ever internationally capped rugby union player and since his retirement from the game he has spent a lot of time on the golf course.

2016 will be Gregan’s first trip to the Fiji International but he has already experienced life at an ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia golf tournament after playing in the New Zealand Open Pro-Am.

Tuqiri is excited to be heading home to watch his country’s biggest sporting event.

CEO of the PGA of Australia Brian Thorburn said Gregan and Tuqiri as ambassadors for the Fiji International was part of the strategic direction to expose not only the tournament but Fiji to the world.

“George and Lote are world renowned athletes who each have a huge fan following. Their attendance at the Fiji International will place the tournament in front of the eyes of that following,

“The Fiji International will continue to enhance its reputation as a must-attend international sporting event through the positive endorsement of influential people like George and Lote.

“We have already seen this from the player’s side. Matt Kuchar won the Fiji International in 2015 and through his positive endorsement World No. 22 Brandt Snedeker has decided to play this year,” he said.

The two will also show off the skills that earned their international accolades as talented athletes as they put on a rugby clinic. Tickets will be on sale shortly.

Edited by Osea Bola

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