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Rugby Way Forward

  The Fiji Rugby Union’s way forward  is to benefit provincial unions and the game as a whole. This was discussed during the special general meeting at the Fiji Corrections
11 Dec 2016 11:28
Rugby Way Forward
Top table talk...board directors commander Francis Kean and Peceli Nainima hve something to discuss during the FRU AGM. Picture:Jone Luvenitoga

 

The Fiji Rugby Union’s way forward  is to benefit provincial unions and the game as a whole. This was discussed during the special general meeting at the Fiji Corrections Service bure in Suva yesterday.

FRU chief executive officer John O’Connor was impressed with the discussions they had with provincial union delegates.

“All the Union delegates were present and there were positive discussions as we look at the way forward,” O’Connor said.

 

Competition format

“There will be eight teams competing for the Skipper Cup premiership and 16 teams competing for the Vodafone Vanua championship.

“We are happy the Unions have accepted the new format as we need to establish quality provincial games to prepare our players for the national teams.”

O’Connor confirmed they intend to increase funding to $40,000 for each union for the Skipper Cup competition – an increase of $5000 from this year.

“Also for the Vodafone Vanua Championship, we plan to increase funding from $4000 to $20,000 next year.

“Requirements are the same as they will have to have their U20 teams and we will play the competition simultaneously.”

FRU hopes to start the competition in April but will have further discussions with the Unions.

 

Strategic Plan

FRU board also presented the strategic management plan which was endorsed.

“There are annual targets we need to achieve, we are happy that the Unions have accepted the plan. Moving forward we want everybody to be on the same page,” O’ Connor said.

 

Infrastructure developments

Grounds availability is one area the FRU will be working on to improve in  future.

“We have identified the lack of grounds and gyms available to the players.

“In the long term we are looking at having a proper FRU ground and have our own academies in different centres,” O’Connor said.

“We are also focussing on  the development of our local coaches and trainers.

Financial report

“We have been able to maximise revenue and control costs.

“This year is also the first time Unions were able to submit audited financial reports.”

Meanwhile, Nadroga Rugby Union president Jikoibau Matawalu applauded FRU’s effort.

“We could see progress in all aspects in terms of strategic planning and structure.

“We have people in FRU who have come through provincial level and passion for the sport. There is definitely a bright future ahead.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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