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Seat In World Rugby

The Fiji Rugby Union has applied for a seat in the World Rugby Council. It has been endorsed by World Rugby and the recommendation will be decided at the next
11 Nov 2018 12:10
Seat In World Rugby
Fiji Rugby Union chief executive John O’Connor (sitting fifth from left) with chairman Francis Kean (seventh from left), board of directors and representatives of the Member Unions after the Special General Meeting at the Korovou Corrections Bure in Walu Bay, Suva, on November 10, 2018. Photo: Leone Cabenatabua

The Fiji Rugby Union has applied for a seat in the World Rugby Council.

It has been endorsed by World Rugby and the recommendation will be decided at the next council meeting later this month.

The revelation was made during the FRU special general meeting held yesterday at the Fiji Corrections Service bure in Korovou, Suva.

FRU chief executive officer John O’Connor said the application had been discussed by the World Rugby nomination committee meeting in Sydney, Australia on September 25.

And they have advised FRU they needed to consider certain amendments to the constitution to ensure full compliance to World Rugby (WR) requirements.

The constitutional amendments agreed between WR and FRU was discussed and delegates unanimously endorsed ensuring FRU is fully compliant to the constitution requirements of WR.

O’Connor thanked the representatives of the affiliate Member Unions for their attendance and the unanimous endorsement of the amendments.

He highlighted this could be a historical moment for FRU to get a seat at the WR Council.

O’Connor confirmed that after the SGM he would submit the required documentation to WR outlining the outcome of the meeting.

He was hopeful the WR Council would view the decision of the FRU Council and our application for a WR Council seat positively.

“We’re have made the relevant amendments to our constitution and this will be also sent to World Rugby,” O’Connor said.

“We will now await a final decision by the World Rugby Council after their meeting on November 14.”

O’Connor was quietly confident of a positive outcome.

 

MAORI ALL BLACKS TEST

He also confirmed that the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians will be playing two Test matches against the Maori All Blacks next year.

“It will be on a home and away basis. The first test will be played in Fiji while the second will be played in New Zealand.

“The test matches will be played on July 13 and July 20 before the Pacific Nations Cup,” he added.

 

GLOBAL RAPID RUGBY

The FRU are also talking with the organisers of the Global Rapid Rugby of a Fijian team participating in their competition which is expected to get underway next year.

‘Yes, we are having talks with them but will release more information later,” O’Connor added.

 

– Edited by Osea Bola

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