7s Bid Progress On Track

Doug Langley is happy with the progress Fiji has made in its bid to host a leg of the World Sevens Series in 2020. The World Rugby 7s Series director
16 Mar 2018 11:00
7s Bid Progress On Track
From left; FRU commercial management manager and bid team leader Brian Thorburn, World Rugby 7s series director Doug Langley and FRU bid team executive Greg Peters at Prince Charles Park, Nadi on March 15, 2018 Photo: FRU Media

Doug Langley is happy with the progress Fiji has made in its bid to host a leg of the World Sevens Series in 2020.

The World Rugby 7s Series director concluded a two-day visit to Fiji last night.

The purpose of the visit was to inspect the various facilities put forward by the Fiji Rugby Union in its submission.

The visit allowed Langley to meet the FRU bid team and seek clarification in a number of areas and to see first-hand the key facilities proposed by the FRU.

Langley said: “It has been a productive visit where I have been able to gain further insight into FRU’s bid.

“Much of the plans and preparations are well thought out and prepared and the bid is very comprehensive and has answered all of World Rugby’s information needs for operational and team services areas.

“We look forward to further analysis and evaluation with the co-oeration of the FRU through to the conclusion of the bid process.

“I would like to thank the FRU for its support and cooperation during the visit. It has been a very enjoyable and productive few days.”

FRU chief executive officer John O’Connor said: “It was an important step in the bid process, allowing World Rugby to directly assess a number of elements of our bid. Langley will now report back to World Rugby as part of their analysis and evaluation of the Fiji bid”.

A workshop was held on Wednesday with Langley joined by O’Connor, together with the 7s Bid team of Brian Thorburn, Greg Peters, and stadium architect and former Wallaby, Al Baxter.

Baxter, a 69 test Wallaby, is an associate principal of global stadium architecture experts, Populous and has been engaged by the FRU in recent months to independently evaluate the various match venues across Fiji and to assist in designing improvements required to address the needs of World Rugby.

Across Wednesday and  Thursday a number of inspections took place of a range of facilities, including hotels, gyms, proposed match and training venues as well as dialogue with potential transport, medical and security suppliers, giving Langley the opportunity to directly observe and understand the key infrastructure proposals put forward by the FRU.

O’Connor said the FRU would  publicly unveil the details of its bid tonight at the annual FRU Awards dinner. FBC TV will be televising that section of the dinner live from 8pm to 9pm.

A decision on future hosts of the World Rugby Sevens Series will be made on June 28.

Edited by Osea Bola



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