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FRU puts in place policies  that are in-line with World Rugby  regulations The Fiji Rugby Union is going to ensure a lift in the standard of the local competitions next
11 Dec 2017 12:06
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Fiji Airways Drua rugby side made their debut in the Australian National Rugby Championship this year and reached the semifinal. The Drua consists of our local-based players. Photo: Zimbio

FRU puts in place policies  that are in-line with World Rugby  regulations

The Fiji Rugby Union is going to ensure a lift in the standard of the local competitions next year. This was discussed during their Special General Meeting at the Warwick Fiji on the Coral Coast on Saturday.

FRU chief executive officer John O’Connor said yesterday that the member unions were briefed on the competition dates and likewise the revised rules and regulations for the competitions for 2018, which the FRU has aligned to the World Rugby competition guidelines

“The FRU strives to lift the standard of the competition,” he said.

During the SGM, the FRU presented to the members, a detailed FRU annual calendar for 2018 outlining all FRU’s activities for 2018. These include all the training and development courses and planned programmes to upskill the provincial coaches, strength and conditioning coaches, local referees and local medical personnel.

This was when Unions had raised concerns in the past that they were not aware of FRU planned training and development programmes and courses and as such usually missed out on attending these very important programmes.

“The SGM was successful as they were able to answer issues that were brought up by the member unions.”

O’Connor also confirmed that there was full attendance from all the member union Unions likewise the affiliated unions including the primary schools, secondary schools and referees associations.

FRU board chairman Commander Francis Kean also reassured member unions that FRU was focussed at delivering very targeted development programmes for the provincial coaches, S&C coaches, and medical staff.

 

AWARDS NIGHT

O’ Connor highlighted that the FRU also presented to the members, the details of the annual FRU Awards Night and the deadlines for nominations for the different categories. The Awards night is planned for the end of February 2018.

 

PLAYERS WELFARE

Also the SGM discussed about important issues evolved around player’s welfare. Kean also briefed the meeting of the Board’s intentions for FRU to centrally contract the provincial coaches, strength and conditioning coaches, medical personnel and likewise about 30 to 35 players from each union, provided they meet certain accreditation and fitness standards for the players that will be set by FRU.

The chairman of the Board also briefed the members of the Council on the recent discussions held at the World Rugby general assembly and also the outcome of the meeting between FRU and World Rugby which was held in Dublin, Ireland. Edited by Inoke Momoivalu

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